'Football's world governing body FIFA has resisted calls to recognise the
Afghan women's football team living in exile in Australia, forced to watch the
Women's World Cup from the sidelines.
The Afghan players still wear their country's red kit, but now it bears the
crest of Melbourne Victory, a club thousands of kilometres from home.
In a statement to SBS, FIFA said it does not have the right to officially
recognise any team unless it is first recognised by the concerned member
Team captain Fatima says her players still love the chance to pursue their
"I think it's a second chance for us. It's not only important for one reason,
it's important for a lot of reasons, which is about family, as we don't have
our first family, we have our second family, because of football, which made us
to be a family right now and playing together."
Former captain Khalida Popal says nearly two years later, the trauma of
escaping from Kabul airport is still being felt.'
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