• Home
  • Sports
  • Afghanistan Women’s Junior Football Team Granted UK Visas

Afghanistan Women’s Junior Football Team Granted UK Visas

Afghanistan’s women’s junior football team, and their immediate families, will be relocated from Pakistan to Britain after being granted visas by the UK government. “We are working to finalise visas to the Afghan Women’s Development Team and look forward to welcoming them to the UK shortly,” a UK government spokesperson told CNN.

They continued, “The government is committed to doing all it can to support those most in need, including vulnerable women and girls, and those at risk who have had to flee Afghanistan.” Back in August, the UK government announced a resettlement plan for Afghan citizens facing threats of persecution from the Taliban after the U.S. troops were evacuated. 

The plan prioritizes girls, women, and religious minorities. The UK will take in about 20,000 refugees over the next five years or so. According to the ROKiT Foundation, a UK based charity that assists the resettlement, 35 young football players, mostly teenagers, and their families missed the airlift evacuation in August. 

“With the assistance of some very brave people on the ground in Afghanistan, the girls made the perilous journey in small groups to the Pakistan border and all were, eventually, able to get through,” said Jonathan Kendrick, the founder of the ROKiT Foundation.

Former Afghanistan football captain Khalida Popal tweeted on Saturday, “These girls deserve the best they have been through a lot. They have the right to dream. Thanks to the government of the UK for accepting to be the host country for them. Thanks to amazing orgs that made this possible.”

The CEO of the ROKiT Foundation, Siu-Anne Marie Gill, said the charity would “continue to offer support in the UK, including helping the refugees to arrange further education, as well as trials for the players with several of the English professional women’s football teams who have already expressed great interest in meeting them.” 

NYC, NYCTastemakers, Sports, Football, Afghanistan, Women, Team, UK, Visa,


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Houston Gets Blown Out in Their Own Stadium

    On their way off the field during halftime yesterday, the Houston Texans were booed by some of their own fans. Maybe they thought showing a little disappointment in the team would turn the game around, but they were wrong.

    WTA Suspends All Tournaments in China Over Concern For Peng Shuai

    The Women’s Tennis Association has announced an immediate suspension of all tournaments in China and Hong Kong, in response to the Beijing’s silencing of sexual assault allegations made by Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai against a former top Communist Party official.

    NFL Analyst Cris Collinsworth To Sign $12.5 Million Deal With NBC

    Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver, Cris Collinsworth, is in negotiations with NBC for a deal to keep him on the network as lead analyst for “Sunday Night Football” into 2025. Collinsworth is expected to receive $12.5 million per season, according to a report by Andrew Marchand on NYPost.com.

    MLB Faces First Lockout in 27 Years

    MLB’s collective bargaining agreement with the players expires on Wednesday at midnight. With no extension or a new deal in place, MLB would face its ninth work stoppage, and the first in 27 years.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!