Afghanistan’s Women’s Football Team is One of Many in Islamic State That Still Make the headlines

Nadia Nadim on women’s football in Afghanistan one year on from Taliban takeover

By Tom Eley

17th February 2016, 1:27 pm

Updated: 17th February 2016, 1:28 pm

Afghanistan’s women’s football squad is only one of many in Islamic state in their worst state

Afghanistan’s women’s football squad is only one of many in Islamic state in their worst state

Afghanistan’s women’s football squad is only one of many in Islamic state in their worst state

Afghanistan’s women’s football squad is only one of many in Islamic state in their worst state

Afghanistan’s women’s football squad is only one of many in Islamic state in their worst state

Afghanistan’s women’s football team is only one of many in Islamic state that still make the headlines. The side was ranked 13-th in the world earlier this year and qualified for the final round of the AFC competitions. While the team won their first ever major international tournament at the African Games in 2013, this year’s was the first time they qualified for the AFC competitions.

The team have since been banned from competition by the Islamic State as the group was deemed too “Western”.

The international competition is part of Afghanistan’s bid to become a member of the United Nations in April’s referendum.

“When the team is banned they are not participating,” said Karima Baqer, the wife of the team’s coach, Farida Baqer.

The ban is not just limited to the women’s football team. There is also the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and other international and national organisations to avoid competition.

“Because of our organisation the ISAF [the international military alliance] decided not to be part of that competition so they decided they would just send the team to the final round and not participate,” she said.

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