KABUL, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations special representative for Afghanistan on Monday congratulated the Afghan national soccer team over its victory in a regional competition.
Afghanistan won its first international trophy in soccer on Wednesday beating India 2-0 in the final of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) championship held in Kathmandu, Nepal.
"Afghanistan's 2-0 win over India for the South Asian Football Federation Championship trophy was a historic occasion - the country's first international football victory," said the UN envoy Jan Kubis in a statement issued here by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on Monday.
"The win has also seen the Afghanistan National Football Team rise seven places in FIFA's world rankings table to the 132nd spot - another cause for celebration."
The eight participating teams were India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bhutan.
The Afghan soccer team defeated the Pakistani team 3-0 during a friendly game on August 20 held in Kabul, which was the first game between the two neighboring nations in 36 years.