Afghanistan 2021 Home Jersey/Shirt
This is a Jako Afghanistan national team home jersey as worn by 'The Lions of Khorasan' throughout the 2021 period.
Afghanistan were one of the first countries in Asia to officially establish a football federation, with the AFF formed in 1922 and later affiliated to FIFA in 1948. They were one of the founding members of the Asian Football Confederation in 1954 and it was in this era when Afghanistan made their only appearance at a major international football competition, when they were defeated 6-0 by Luxembourg in the 1948 Olympics tournament. Since then, football in Afghanistan has largely struggled due to the political situation in the country and the national team played no matches from 1984-2002, with the Taliban regime banning almost all football during their five-year reign from 1996-2001. Since then, the national team has slowly started to develop and has shown strong progress over the past decade. Their recent improvement has been demonstrated by their performances in the SAFF Championship, where they competed again South-Asian national teams, with Afghanistan winning the title in 2013 and finishing runners-up in 2011 & 2015 before joining the newly-formed Central Asian Football Association in 2018. Afghanistan is still yet to qualify for their first Asian Cup, however with a squad comprising of many players from the vast Afghan diaspora throughout the world, the future looks bright for the national team.