Daily Express

Footballer jet death

- By Michael Knowles

AN AFGHAN teenager who died after becoming trapped in the landing gear of a military plane was a former national youth team footballer who feared the Taliban would take away his dreams.

The body of 19-year-old Zaki Anwari was found in the wheel well of a C-17 Globemaste­r when it landed in Qatar after carrying hundreds of fleeing refugees.

The US Air Force said its pilots had decided to take off due to a “rapidly deteriorat­ing security situation” at Kabul airport as thousands tried to clamber on board.

Zaki had lived in Kabul and aged 16 played for Afghanista­n’s youth team.

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

The Lions of Khorasan, the Afghan national football team, said: “May his soul rest in peace and his memory be remembered.”

 ??  ?? Dreams dashed…Zaki Anwari
Dreams dashed…Zaki Anwari

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