As we reported here last week, our former skipper and ex-Southampton boss Lawrie McMenemy have accepted invitations from the Football Association to play a pivotal role in the match in Kabul on February 15.
Gary and McMenemy will lead a team each when Kabul United (made up of the capital’s four leading clubs) take on a team representing the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) in front of an expected 40,000 crowd in Kabul’s Olympic Stadium.
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Speaking to the Official Spurs Website before flying out on February 11, Gary admitted he accepted the invitation 'without really having to think about it'.
"It's the first sporting event to take place since the Taliban regime left," explained Gary.
"The idea is to show that the country is returning to some sort of normality.
"I accepted the invitation without really having to think about it. It was only afterwards that my wife said to me 'you do realise there is still a war going on?'"
"It's funny, I've been offered eight managerial roles from clubs in the First, Second and Third Divisions but this is the first role I've accepted."
Check out our Video Lounge to view an interview with Gary Mabbutt as he sets off for Kabul for a historic match in Afghanistan.