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Ladies soccer gamers go away Afghanistan on evacuation flight

Gamers from Afghanistan ladies’s nationwide soccer crew had an “necessary victory” on Tuesday once they have been amongst a bunch of greater than 75 folks evacuated on a flight from Kabul.

International soccer gamers’ union FIFPRO thanked the Australian authorities for making the evacuation of gamers, crew officers and members of the family potential, with work persevering with to assist extra go away Afghanistan.

“These younger ladies, each as athletes and activists, have been ready of hazard and on behalf of their friends all over the world we thank the worldwide neighborhood for coming to their assist,” the union mentioned in a press release.


The Afghan crew was created in 2007 in a rustic the place ladies enjoying sport was seen as a political act of defiance in opposition to the Taliban.

Gamers had been suggested this month to delete social media posts and images of them with the crew to assist keep away from reprisals for the reason that United States-backed Afghanistan authorities fell.

“The previous few days have been extraordinarily hectic however in the present day now we have achieved an necessary victory,” former crew captain Khalida Popal mentioned.

Popal is amongst a crew of FIFPRO legal professionals and advisors who’ve labored with authorities in six nations, together with Australia, the U.S. and United Kingdom, to get athletes and their households on to evacuation lists and flights to security.

“The ladies footballers have been courageous and robust in a second of disaster and we hope they are going to have a greater life exterior Afghanistan,” Popal mentioned.

FIFPRO common secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann mentioned evacuations had been “an extremely advanced course of.”

“Our hearts exit to all of the others who stay stranded within the nation in opposition to their will,” he mentioned.


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