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    Seven members of Afghanistan's national soccer team have applied for political asylum in West Germany.

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    SV Afghan footballers sitting in room in Frankfurt, West Germany (2 shots)

    CU Interviewer asks question in English and footballers answer in English

    TRASNCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "why did you leave Afghanistan?"

    PLAYER: "The situation in Afghanistan is very bad now with the Soviet coming into Afghanistan. The Moslem Afghanistan people don't like to come the Soviet army in Afghanistan. For this we come to Peshawar."

    INTERVIEWER: "You had an invitation to play football in a friendly match in the Soviet Union?"

    PLAYER: "I think we were asked for 26th March and 28th and 29th the Afghanistan national team in Soviet for a friendly game but we come here."

    INTERVIEWER: "You didn't want to play there?"

    PLAYER: "Yes."

    INTERVIEWER: "And you're hoping to play football in Frankfurt now?"

    PLAYER: "Yes. I would like to play here football."

    INTERVIEWER: "The British Olympic Committee decided last night to go to Moscow. What do you feel about it?"

    PLAYER: "You know, the Russian soldier come into Afghanistan and I hope all they don't go to Moscow for this too. All the people are for this because all the soldiers, army, Russians come into Afghanistan."

    INTERVIEWER: "So you are for a boycott of the Olympic Games in Moscow? You don't want to go to Moscow. You don't want any other team to go?"

    PLAYER: "We don't go to Moscow for Olympic Games."

    INTERVIEWER: "Did you have any difficulty in crossing the border? In leaving Afghanistan?"

    PLAYER: "Yes, we had very difficulty because you know we come from another society. We cut my hair, my hair was long, we cut my hair. We come from Jalalabad by walking three days in the mountains we come to Peshawar."

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    Background: Seven members of Afghanistan's national soccer team have applied for political asylum in West Germany. They decided to defect from Afghanistan when they heard they had been selected to play in friendly matches in the Soviet Union. They entered Peshawar in Pakistan after a three day walk. An eighth team member decided to stay there.

    SYNOPSIS: Team captain Mohammad Saber said the players had fled Afghanistan because they heated the Soviets. Mr. Saber and the players were interviewed in Frankfurt.

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