Members of the Herat women's football team received a warm welcome on their arrival to the city of Herat after winning the championship of the fourth season of the Women’s Football League in Kabul last Friday.
Team Herat won the title by defeating Kabul 3-2 in a thrilling match on Friday.
Families of the footballers called them champions and said they have brought pride to all women in the southern province of Herat.
“The Herat women footballers returned to Herat with an achievement and this showed that we can bring the cup home and we can put smiles on people's faces,” said Abida Nafe, a member of the Herat Women’s Football Team.
“We want girls to be allowed to do sports like boys do, and to explore their talents,” said Maryam Mehrzad, a member of the Herat team.
The family of Sabria Noorzai, a member of the team who was injured during the league matches, said they are proud of their daughter.
“I was so excited. I am really proud of my daughter,” said Abdul Karim Noorzai, father of Sabria Noorzai.
“Herat girls have good talents, not only in football but in other areas too,” said Sabira Noorzai, a member of the team.
The parents of another member of the team, Fatima Baratiyan, who scored the last goal of the final match, said they appreciate the achievement by the team and by their daughter.
“I am really proud of my daughter,” Baratiyan’s mother Nafisa Karimi said.
“I am thankful that they are supporting me. I will try to find my way to the national team,” Baratiyan said.
Kabul, Herat, Balkh, Jawzjan, Ghor and Bamiyan are the teams from the six provinces who played during this year’s season.