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Young Afghanistan Footballer Dies After Fall From US Evac Plane: Report

On Monday, a day after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Afghans flocked to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the hope to escape the war-torn country

Young Afghanistan Footballer Dies After Fall From US Evac Plane: Report
Zaki Anwari, 16, reportedly fell from a C-17 plane that was leaving Kabul. | Courtesy: Twitter.
Young Afghanistan Footballer Dies After Fall From US Evac Plane: Report
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2021-08-19T22:19:49+05:30

Zaki Anwari, a young Afghan footballer, fell to his death as he tried to escape Kabul by clinging onto a US evacuation plane leaving the capital city. (More Sports News)

News agency Ariana, quoting, General Directorate of Physical Education and Sports of Afghanistan, reported that Anwari "was among hundreds of young people who tried to leave the country by clinging to a US military plane. Anwari fell and died."

The international players' union, FIFPRO, condoled the death of young player. In a Twitter post, it wrote: "Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and teammates of young Afghan national team footballer Zaki Anwari, who reportedly died in a fall from a U.S. plane at Kabul airport on Monday."

Anwari, 19, was a national youth team player. The incident happened on Monday (August 16), and a Facebook page about the Afghan national football team initially shared the news on August 18.

READ: Afghan Football Officials Want Refuge In India

"It is with great sadness that Zaki Anwari, one of the players of the national junior football team of the country, died in a bad accident. The late Anwari was among hundreds of young people who wanted to leave the country, fell down in an accident from a US plane and lost his life," the post read.

He reportedly fell from a C-17 plane that was about to depart from Kabul.

On Monday, a day after the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, Afghans flocked to the Hamid Karzai International Airport in the hope to escape the war-torn country.

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