A video posted on the FIFA Women’s World Cup Twitter account, showing a group of Muslim girls playing football and scoring a goal, has triggered a frenzy of heartwarming comments, OBN reported.
In the nine-second-long video, a group of young girls in hijabs are seen playing football.
One young striker failed to seek out the again of the online as her shot looped over the bar, solely to dip into the ring of a basketball put up immediately behind the aim.
Calling it a “goal of the year”, FIFA Women’s World Cup captioned the video on Twitter: “One of our followers sent us this, and asked us to make it our ‘Goal of the Year.’ Well…technically.”
One of our followers sent us this, and asked us to make it our ‘Goal of the Year.’ Well…technically…⚽️???pic.twitter.com/b0X72qLoEb
— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) December 1, 2019
Within no time, followers flooded FIFA’s put up with heartwarming feedback.
“Good lord what a goal,” commented a user.
“I love how they all fall about laughing…so much joy!!”
“Awesome! Congrats Girls!”
“That goal counts as 2 goals,” opined another user.
Really this is the goal of the year
— Samuel Mwewa Mutenta (@MutentaMwewa) December 1, 2019
It needs two Puskas awards because it’s a two-pointer.
— Çetin Cem Yılmaz (@cetincem) December 1, 2019
Awesome! Congrats Girls!
— Greg DodoLéLa (@ShuzaLePadawan) December 1, 2019
I love how they all fall about laughing…so much joy !!
— J.Fraz (@jonifraz) December 2, 2019
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.
In February 2012, Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan, the then FIFA vice-president, warned that Muslim women would be driven away from soccer fields if the football’s governing body decided to ban the wearing of hijab on playgrounds.
On 1 March 2014, after much discussion, testing and clarification, Jérôme Valcke, Fifa’s then secretary general, announced that religious head coverings (including hijabs, turbans for Sikh men and kippahs for Jewish men) would be permitted on the pitch.
In October 2016, less than two years after the hijab ban was overturned, the Under-17 Women’s World Cup was held in Amman, Jordan.