The three players also visited the Football Museum. Coach Bertolini: “They experienced something terrible, we will have to make it clear that they are not alone”
They made it. The three Afghan footballers of Herat Football Club, who landed in Rome from Kabul at 1 am a few days ago after an undercover escape, will be able to continue to pursue their dream, to play football. On 4 September in Florence they were welcomed in the structures made available by the municipality and Caritas. And today they visited Coverciano (together with their coach), where the women’s national team is in retreat to prepare for the qualifying matches for the 2023 World Cup.
“It was the first meeting, the first step of a broader planning with which we want to help the players of Herat to integrate into our country – the words of the federal president Gabriele Gravina —Thanks to the Italians, a beautiful friendship was born that starts with a common passion for football capable of overcoming all boundaries ”.
The girls spoke with Italy coach Milena Bertolini and captain Sara Gama, who gave them three blue shirts. A long hug, a chat: «We are very happy to have welcomed them – said Bertolini -, for the whole group it was a very special moment. We will never be able to fully understand what they felt, but we want to show closeness and affection. They have experienced something terrible, we will have to make it clear that they are not alone ».
The players also visited the Football Museum, where they could see the cup won by Mancini’s Italy at the European Championship. “It’s a pleasure to meet you and meet you – the words of one of the Afghan girls – we all follow your team, especially captain Sara Gama, and for this reason being here today is a great emotion ».
September 14, 2021 (change September 14, 2021 | 22:09)