Afghan women footballers were part of a group of more than 75 people evacuated from Kabul. The women were in danger after the Taliban took over the country the worldwide representative organization FIFPRO said.
“We are grateful to the Australian Government for evacuating a large number of women footballers and athletes from Afghanistan,” FIFPRO said after Afghan women footballers were evacuated from the country. “These young women, both as athletes and activists, have been in a position of danger, and on behalf of their peers around the world we thank the international community for coming to their aid.”
The team was founded in 2007 in a county where women playing any form of sport was seen as a defiance against the Taliban. All players were instructed to delete any sort of social media post as well as photographs with the team.
“The last few days have been extremely stressful but today we have achieved an important victory,” former team captain Khalida Popal said. “The women footballers have been brave and strong in a moment of crisis and we hope they will have a better life outside Afghanistan. But there is still much more work to do. Women’s football is a family and we must make sure everyone is safe.”
“We are relieved that this group of footballers and athletes have been able to leave Afghanistan,” FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann said. “It has been an incredibly complex process for everyone involved to secure their evacuation. Our hearts go out to all the others who remain stranded in the country against their will.”