Afghan women’s football team to take part in Paris Games

TMP – 30/06/2017

A group of young Afghan female football players is heading to France to take part in the Paris World Games in July. The Games are held every year and give young players between the age of 10 and 25 years the opportunity to compete against each other in a range of sport categories. More than 15,000 participants from 60 different countries are expected to take part in the competition this year.

Tawana, a female football club, will represent Afghanistan in the Paris Games in the under 19 and under 16 football competitions. The team was set up three years ago and has been competing in Kabul’s Female Premier League. It has already established itself as a strong team, with 10 of the players also part of the Afghan National Football Team.

Tawana’s coach Hajar Abulfazel said the competition will be a good experience for her team. “This is the first time our team will participate in an international competition. Since winter, we have been working hard to make sure we achieve a satisfactory result at the games,” she said.

Despite its success, the team often lacks funds to further develop their players. Hajar, who also plays for the Afghan female national football team, believes that women’s football in Afghanistan isn’t popular enough yet.

“Women’s sports, even in western countries like the USA, often do not have a strong fan base, so it is to be expected that we don’t have enough support in a traditional country like Afghanistan. Most of the other female football clubs are suffering from the same kinds of economic challenges as we are,” she said.

The young women of the Tawana club are not letting this stop them however, and are aiming high during the Paris Games.