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But now safely in Portugal, she hopes to pursue her dream of playing soccer professionally - and perhaps meeting her idol, star striker Cristiano Ronaldo. Sarah was one of several players from Afghanistan's national female youth soccer squad who fled their country in fear after the Taliban hardline Islamist movement seized power in August. Portugal has granted asylum to the young footballers. She hoped to go back home one day but only if she can live freely. Her mother, who requested that Reuters did not use their surname, had experienced first-hand a era of Taliban rule from to She is less optimistic they will ever be able to return.
Taliban leaders have promised to respect women's rights but under their first government, women could not work and girls were banned from school. Women had to cover their faces and be accompanied by a male relative when they left home. The captain of Afghanistan's national women football team Farkhunda Muhtaj C poses for a portrait with teammates at the Belem Tower in Lisbon, Portugal, September 29, Picture taken September 29, A senior Taliban official said after the Aug.
From her home in Canada, where she works as assistant soccer coach at a local university, Muhtaj has been in touch with the girls throughout the evacuation process, codenamed Operation Soccer Balls. It managed to rescue a total of 80 people - the female youth team and family members, including babies. They landed in Portugal on Sept.
When Muhtaj showed up on Wednesday night, the girls were ecstatic. They hugged. Some could not hold back the tears. One relative, year-old Zaki Rasa, recalled the chaos at the Kabul airport, where he spent three anguished days. He is now delighted to be in Portugal and wants to continue his studies. Subscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox. The two Koreas on Monday restored their hotlines that the North severed months ago, with Pyongyang urging Seoul to step up efforts to improve relations after criticising what it called double standards over weapons development.
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Afghan girls' soccer squad find new home in Ronaldo's Portugal