SHAFAQNA- Sportswear company hummel has agreed a deal to manufacture the kit for the Afghanistan female football team which incorporates an hijab.
The strip, which was released on International Women’s Day, is the first branded national football kit ever to to include a hijab as an inbuilt feature.
The hijab is part of a full body base layer, which allows female players to play while fully covered.
hummel owner Christian Stadil said: “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”.
Khalida Popal, former Afghanistan national women’s team captain, added: “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.
“I think the Afghanistan women’s team shows the huge potential football has as a unifying force. I like to think that we have given a lot of women in our country fresh hope.
“I have been involved in the consultation for the design of the shirt pretty much from the outset. I wanted something that reflected the strength of the Afghan character and incorporated the very best of the country’s traditions and heritage.
“I think this shirt has achieved both.”
hummel designer Paul Fitzgerald added: “From the outset it was clear that the shirt was enormously significant.
“It’s a design hummel is extremely proud of.”