Afghanistan’s women football team defeated Qatar 2 – 0 in an overnight friendly match played at the Aspire Academy in downtown Doha, Both goals were scored by Marjan Haidari. The women’s game between the teams of Qatar and Afghanistan was private match and held behind closed doors. The match was legitimized by FIFA

“Our football team is still new and hasn’t competed in many high-profile events. We wanted to give them maximum domestic playing experience. Our plan for them is to organise at least one friendly game, against local teams, each week. It’ll help them grow,” said Ahlam Al Mana, President of Qatar Women’s Sport Committee (QWSC).

The Afghani squad are a mixture of 11 home based players and six others who are US citizens but trace their roots to Afghanistan.
Ravaged by several years of war the girls are fighting to play the game they love. Death threats from Taliban and the ostracising is no barrier for brave women in this conservative society, were women just aren’t meant to play sports at all. But what they do have is a big heart and a wonderful smile

Women’s football in Qatar got a kick start with the introduction of the women’s league. The Qatar’s women’s football league is an initiative of QWSC and was launched by QWSC three years back in collaboration with Qatar Olympic Committee.

Photo: pashtunforums


  1. Jerel Wakayama 9 years ago

    No game for Lyon this weekend! 

  2. Mariana 10 years ago

    qatar’s coach is a portuguese woman named Helena Costa and she’s a really great coach. she’s been there for about two years now and she talked about this game to a portuguese online newspaper, here:

    basically she said it was a great honour being a part of such an historical moment and she felt qatar’s anthem almost as it were her own. more than teaching these women to play, she’s glad to be able to help overcome such strong cultural barriers that don’t allow many women to play their favourite sport.

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