Afghan national women’s footballers among 100 evacuated from Kabul by Fifa

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At least 20 female footballers are among the 100 refugees evacuated from Afghanistan by FIFA. Granthshala understands.

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A predominantly women and girls group, including some women playing for the national team, left for a flight from Kabul to Doha on Thursday.

The Qatari government helped FIFA with the rescue plan, which worked closely with them to secure the trip.


A source close to the operation said: “The group has now landed in Doha and is happy to be safe.

“It’s been a long conversation since August to get the group out.”

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It is understood that football’s governing body will continue to try and secure safe passage for more players and their families from Afghanistan, which came under Taliban control in August.

It is not yet clear where the group, which includes players, support staff, coaches and others promoting women’s football in Afghanistan, will go from Doha.

He was issued a passport and official paperwork before leaving Kabul.

comes after Granthshala In September it was revealed that 32 girls of the national football team were trapped in Afghanistan.

A letter urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to grant temporary visas to the girls and their families so that they can enter Pakistan.

About 14,000 people, including several British civilians, were airlifted from Kabul in August as part of Operation Pitting, after the Afghan government left the country under control of hardline religious militants from advancing Taliban fighters.

But thousands more were left behind, and fears for the future of women in particular remained.

Last week, former British soldier Ben Slater, who was detained in Afghanistan, was freed and taken to Qatar with senior UK diplomats. He was arrested on the Pakistani border when he was trying to evacuate 50 company employees along with their families.

The Qatari government is believed to have helped free Mr Slater, a former member of the Royal Military Police and CEO of the Afghanistan-based consultancy, Nomads Concept Group, who was arrested last month.


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