PSG Recruit Ex-City Striker Who Fled Taliban

Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of former Manchester City striker Nadia Nadim who had to flee Afghanistan at the age of nine to escape from the Taliban who killed her father.

Nadim, who is now a Danish national, will be part of the French team for the next six months, until the end of the current season. 

This signing comes as Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) prepare to challenge on three fronts this season. The Parisian club play Rennes in the French Women’s Cup on 6th January and will face Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Nadim with PSG’s t-shirt

She said in an interview published on PSG’s website: “It’s incredible, I’m very excited. I remember that I wanted to come to Paris 10 years ago in 2008, and now I’m here. It’s a dream come true, I’m very happy.”

“I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. It is a team with a lot of ambition and a lot of talented players, I am convinced that I will find the perfect framework here to evolve at the highest French and international level.”

She added: “I hope to contribute in attack. I’m going to help the young players with my experience. I like playing big matches, so I want to help the team at key moments.”

The 31-year-old made her professional debut at Danish club IK Skovbakken in 2006. 

Between January and December 2018, the Dane made 15 appearances for Manchester City, scoring four goals.

Nadia Nadim escaped from the Taliban

The footballer was born in Afghanistan, a country where football is banned by the Taliban, especially for girls.

Yet her father, a general in the Afghan National Army and a big football fan, reportedly did everything he could to support her with her passion. 

Nadim’s father was assassinated by the Taliban regime in 2000, forcing Nadia, her mother and four sisters to leave the country, cross Europe and finally take refuge in Denmark. 

Her talent was soon discovered and she represents Denmark at international level, scoring 29 goals in 85 appearances.


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Story By: Anastasia TsougkaSub-EditorLee Bullen, Agency: Golder’s News And Sport

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