Later in October 2021, a further 56 displaced football and basketball players were also able to make their way safely to Qatar, thanks to the combined efforts of FIFA and the Qatari authorities. President Infantino paid the newly-arrived group another visit, and used the occasion to put out a call to other nations to step up and show solidarity with the relatively small number of countries who had so far stepped up and offered to help.
“The first one who jumped in was Prime Minister Edi Rama from Albania; I want to thank him as well. But we need more countries, we need more governments, we need more football family members to help – not just to talk about solidarity orto talk about helping but to do it with real action,” said President Infantino.
“We will continue to knock on all the doors around the world, and we hope that some will listen and hear this plea, this call for help, and will open the doors to these girls, who all have an amazing life story to tell.”
Among the evacuees staying at the compound were players from the senior, U-23, U-17 and U-15 Afghan women’s teams, together with their family members. There are also female match officials, administrators and women’s football coaches within the group.