The 9th season of the Afghan Premier League started Thursday evening, hosting Amrullah Saleh, First Vice President and Rahman Rahmani, the parliament Speaker, including a number of other governmental officials in the game.

Men, women, children, and families participated in the opening of the premier league, with women letting the world know that sports stadiums are open for Afghan women with humane space for their participation as spectators and players.

Before referee blew the whistle to start the match, Saleh said, “I hope that today’s game will be a message of peace and a message of encouragement to all the citizens of the country and a stubborn response to those who want to injure our homeland with gunpowder and explosions.”

In the opening match of the Afghan premier league, Abasin Sape faced off Toofan Harirod. The game ended 1/0 in favor of Toofan Harirod.

The first half of the match lead to equal points for the teams, but in the second half, Toofan Harirod began offensively and scored a goal for their first win in the 47th minute of the game.

Toofan Harirod is the three times holder of the league’s title, based in Herat, the club represents the provinces of Herat, Farah, Ghor, and Badghis in the western region of Afghanistan.

The league was inaugurated eight years ago.


  • Mohammad Haroon Alim holds a BBA degree from Kardan University. He works as a sub-editor for Khaama Press.