BBC News: Kicking a ball around the schoolyard has been a right of passage for children all over the world, but for former Afghanistan women’s captain Khalida Popal, playing football nearly cost her her life. “It was really dangerous, I can’t forget that time or that moment, where I felt I may no longer be alive.
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s National Cricket has defeated Ireland by 30 runs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Greater Noida in India on Wednesday. Click here to read more (external link). The Guardian (UK): Khalida Popal was the face of women’s football in Afghanistan but had to flee because of death threats. Now Popal is living in
Tolo News: The India women’s football team on Tuesday evening beat rivals Afghanistan 5-1 in the opening Group B match of the SAFF Championship 2016 at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri in India. The Indians scored their first goal in the third minute. In the 30th minute they were awarded a penalty, which gave them a
Tolo News: Afghanistan’s national girls football team is expected to face rival India in the first match of the South Asia Girls Football Championship on Tuesday. At a press conference on Monday, the two coaches from the Afghan team explained said they were well prepared. Kelly Lindsey, the American coach, said: “Despite insecurity and other problems,
Chron: Khalida Popal did not hear the specific words, but as a woman trying to gain equality in Afghanistan she knew exactly how the men felt about her speaking up. “Shoot that girl and the story is finished. Nobody will do anything after that.” Six years ago Popal was the captain of the Afghanistan Women’s National
CNN: She’s faced death threats, violence and depression, but the former captain of Afghanistan’s women’s football team Khalida Popal refuses to be silenced. “There are so many women who can’t get out of Afghanistan and die,” Popal told CNN during a recent visit to London, where she attended the Beyond Sports awards. “I have a voice
Excelle Sports: Khalida Popal is the former captain of the Afghanistan women’s national soccer team, and one of the country’s most influential women when it comes to developing the hopes, dreams and talents into not just a national team, but open access to the sport itself. On Wednesday, she spoke with a news program in the
ABC7News: DUBLIN, Calif. (KGO) — The Afghanistan women’s national soccer team is in the Bay Area for a labor tournament and for some of these young players it’s been quite a journey to get here. Click here to read more (external link).
AP via Stars and Stripes: Soccer is the one constant in Nadia Nadim’s life since fleeing the Taliban as a young girl. She first learned the game from her father, an Afghan military general who was tragically killed. Later it gave her a sense of belonging as a refugee, and then national pride when she donned the
CNN: Danish sportswear brand Hummel has unveiled its new jersey for the Afghanistan national soccer team, complete with a hijab for female players. Revealed to the public on International Women’s Day, the new red kit includes an integrated base layer which allows women to be covered from head to toe when they take to the pitch. Click