Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty February 13, 2020 Human Rights Watch (HRW) is urging the Afghan government to take immediate steps to provide “justice, support victims, and protect witnesses” in sexual-assault cases implicating “powerful people.” In a statement on February 12, the New York-based watchdog said that two recent cases highlighted the Afghan authorities’ failure to prosecute
AP: Two decades after fleeing Taliban-ruled Afghanistan with her family, Nadia Nadim is ready to go home. The risks are worth it for the 31-year-old Nadim, who is planning her first trip back to Afghanistan since leaving the country as a child. She is hoping to change mindsets and inspire girls to follow her onto the soccer
By RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan December 3, 2019 Former Afghan football official Mohammad Hanif Sediqi Rustam has been banned from the sport for five years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs after being found guilty by FIFA’s ethics committee of violations relating to the abuse of female players. FIFA said Sediqi Rustam was a former assistant
Ariana: Afghanistan women’s national under-23 football team defeated Turkmenistan 2-1 in their first game at the Central Asian Football Association U-23 Women Championship on Friday. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News October 12, 2019 ISLAMABAD – The United States has hailed FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, for slapping a five-year ban on a former senior official of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations brought by the country’s female players. “Survivors of sexual abuse deserve justice
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty October 11, 2019 FIFA, world soccer’s governing body, has banned the former general secretary of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for five years for violations concerning the abuse of female players. FIFA said in a statement on October 11 that Sayed Aghazada was guilty of “various violations” of the FIFA Code of Ethics
Tolo News: The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has eliminated the Afghan women’s national football team from the world women’s ranking, due to the team’s lack of activity. The Afghan Women’s National Football team was in the 108 place in the FIFA ranking. Click here to read more (external link).
Tolo News: The final match of the Afghanistan Women’s Quadrilateral Football Tournament was held on Thursday in the Football Federation stadium in Kabul. The final match pitted Kabul against Herat and Kabul was victorious, 1-0. Women’s teams from Balkh, Kabul, Bamyan and Herat provinces participated in the tournament. Click here to read more (external link).
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty August 8, 2019 A “culture of abuse” continues to thrive at Afghanistan’s soccer federation because of world soccer governing body FIFA’s “apparent inaction” in a sexual abuse scandal involving female Afghan players, according to the national women’s team coach. In a letter dated August 6, coach Kelly Lindsey and the team’s
AP: Criticism of FIFA President Gianni Infantino over the handling of sexual abuse investigations was “ill-informed and unjustified,” the governing body said Thursday after the coach of the Afghanistan women’s national team said she was “disgusted” with him. Coach Kelly Lindsey had demanded Infantino’s departure from FIFA for claiming the organization was not being rigorous enough