Afghan footballer dies after stowing away to flee Kabul with 'remains found in landing gear' of US plane

Afghan footballer dies after stowing away to flee Kabul with 'remains found in landing gear' of US plane



Afghan footballer, Zaki Anvari, has died after stowing away in the landing gear of a United States Air Force flight from Kabul, according to reports.



Anvari, 19, was a promising young footballer who represented his national team at youth level as a 16-year-old back in 2018.



He is one of many Afghans to have reportedly lost their lives attempting to flee the capital city of Kabul as the Taliban take control of the city.



In his final Facebook post, Anvari wrote: "You’re the painter of your life. Don’t give the paint brush to anyone else."







Tributes have poured in for the teenage footballer from distraught friends and former team-mates as well as the assistant manager of the men’s national team, Ali Askar Lali.



Journalist Babak Taghvaee reported Anvari’s death on Twitter, writing: "Very sad to hear that one of the youths who tried to leave Kabul through grabbing the landing gear of a USAF’s C-17A transport airplane [a] few days ago was a player of Afghanistan’s National youth soccer team, Zaki Anvari.



"His body parts were found in the landing gear bay."







Taghvaee had earlier reported that the plane in question had been forced to divert to Qatar for an "emergency landing" due to the presence of stowaways on board.Latest Post
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