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Afghan Ministry Warns Against Celebratory Gunfire After Soccer Final

Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has warned against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming South Asia soccer final against India, hoping to avoid a repeat of the dangerous celebrations that followed the Afghan national team's victory in 2013.

Afghanistan is defending its title against India on January 3 in an eagerly awaited match that is seen as a point of pride in the country.

Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka 5-0 to advance to the final match and is expected to defeat India, which beat Maldives 4-1.

The match is being played at Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India.

But Afghans can watch on a number of large screens that have been set up around Kabul and in other cities.

The championship is held every two years.

India defeated Afghanistan in 2011.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters