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The Sozma Qala camp

Support from Afghanistan

Richard posted some pictures to us from the refugee camp in northern Afghanistan that he’s working in, run by the Norwegian Refugee Council.

The Sozma Qala campThe Sozma Qala camp

He’s been telling everyone there about the journey of The Ball and some of them offered to show their support with messages of good luck written on small banners.

Two Afghan men hold messages of support for The BallTwo Afghan men hold messages of support for The Ball

Football is a popular pastime in the camp, where there can be long periods with little to do.

Group photo at the campGroup photo at the camp

We are hoping to support them in return by sending replicas of The Ball to them, since the ball in the picture above looks a little worse for wear. The Alive & Kicking ball, made as it is for tough playing conditions, should last them a good while longer.

Written by on Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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The Ball 2018 left England on 25th March 2018 and travelled to the World Cup in Russia.

The Ball 2014 kicked off from England on 9th Jan 2014 and headed to the World Cup in Brazil.

The Ball 2010 left England on 24th Jan 2010 headed to the Opening Ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Ball 2006 travelled from London to the Opening Ceremony in Munich, Germany.

The Ball 2002 was carried 7000 miles across Europe and Asia to the World Cup finals in Korea & Japan.