and Palestine met for a FIFA World Cup qualification
match in Palestine, for their AFC first round
qualifier for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.
Palestine players ran out on the pitch they were
greeted with rapturous applause from the 9,000 fans
packing the terraces, before players and supporters
alike raised their voices to sing the national
those in attendance was the president of the
Palestinian Football Association Colonel Jibril Al
Rajoub, plus a number of prominent sporting and
Faisal Al Husseini Stadium, where the contest took
place, was officially opened on 26 October 2008 on
the tenth anniversary of Palestine joining the FIFA
took 11 minutes for the fans’ expectations to be met
in spectacular fashion as 24-year-old striker Husam
Wadi slammed the ball past Afghanistan goalkeeper
Hamidullah Yousufzai. The goal made him the first
Palestinian player to score in a FIFA World Cup
qualifier in Palestine.
after the match to FIFA.com, Palestine coach Moussa
Bezaz said, “The important thing for us was
qualifying for the next round. We managed it, but it
was a tough game. Afghanistan was excellent in
defense but the luck was against us: we could have
scored at least three."
Arezu scored the tier, on the 63rd
minute, but the faith had the Afghan team knocked
out of the 2011 FIFA World Cup. On 4/11/2011
Afghanistan lost to South Korea 2-0, on 6/29/2011
they lost to Palestine on their first meeting 2-0.
Afghanistan did not have a practice facility, proper
nutrition for the players and lack of a home
stadium. Afghanistan played their home games in
Tajikistan in 2011.