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An evacuation flight took Afghan women football players away from Kabul during the Afghanistan-Taliban crisis

An evacuation flight took Afghan women football players away from Kabul during the Afghanistan-Taliban crisis

On Tuesday, the Afghan women’s national soccer team won a ‘important match.’ On an aircraft from Kabul, more than 75 individuals were evacuated. The Australian government was congratulated by players, team executives, and family members for making evacuation possible. In a society where women participating in sports was considered as a political act of disobedience, the Afghan squad was formed in 2007.

Key Highlights

  • Afghan women’s national soccer team among 75 individuals evacuated from Kabul.
  • Australian government congratulated by players, team executives, and family members.
  • In a country where women participating in sports was considered as a political act of rebellion against the Taliban, the Afghan squad was formed in 2007.
  • Players warned earlier this month to delete social media posts and images of themselves with the team to avoid retaliation following the fall of the US-backed Afghan government.

On Tuesday, players from Afghanistan’s women’s national soccer team were among a group of more than 75 individuals evacuated from Kabul on a flight that was dubbed a “significant win.” (Learn More About Football)

FIFPRO, the international soccer players’ union, hailed the Australian government for allowing players, team officials, and family members to leave Afghanistan, and said that work is still underway to help additional people depart.

“These young women have been in a position of risk as athletes and activists, and we applaud the international community for coming to their help on behalf of their counterparts around the world,” the union said in a statement.

In a country where women participating in sports was considered as a political act of rebellion against the Taliban, the Afghan squad was formed in 2007.

Players were warned earlier this month to delete social media posts and images of themselves with the team to avoid retaliation following the fall of the US-backed Afghan government.

“‘The last several days have been tremendously stressful, but today we have scored a significant triumph,’ said Khalida Popal, a former team captain.

Popal is part of a FIFPRO team of attorneys and experts who have worked with authorities in six countries, including Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom, to get athletes and their families on evacuation lists and planes to safety.

“In a time of crisis, the women players have shown courage and strength, and we hope they will have a better life outside of Afghanistan,’ Popal added.

The evacuations, according to FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann, were “an exceedingly complex process.”

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