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Afghanistan women's football kit with integrated hijab launched

Afghanistan women's football team will be the first to wear a new hijab that is connected to the base layer under their national team shirt.

Afghani national soccer team player Shabnam Mabarz, wearing the new head-to-toe outfit with an integrated hijab, juggles with the ball in Copenhagen on Tuesday, March 8, 2016.
Jan M. Olsen

Danish sports brand Hummell launched the new Afghanistan national team shirt with a historic first for women’s football in the country.

The women’s kit features an integrated hijab in a base-layer shirt that enables the country’s female footballers to be play while being covered head to toe.

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Former team captain Khalida Popal was instrumental in overseeing the development of the kit and worked closely with the Danish company in its evolution.

Popal stated, “It was a huge honour to captain my country but it was an even bigger honour to be seen as a role model and an inspiration for thousands of young girls and women in Afghanistan.”
Hummell’s, Christian Stadil claimed that the work with the Afghanistan Football Federation is indicative of an ongoing commitment to give the underdog top-billing.

“We don’t sponsor the biggest teams in the world, but we make partnerships with teams and clubs with a story to tell, like Afghanistan, he says”. “We try to meet the Afghan people where they are, and right now that is by helping the women play football with or without a hijab”.


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