Four members of the Afghan national football team have still to be found four days after failing to show up for a match in the Italian city of Verona.
Italian police have handed over the players' pictures to Interpol
Five other players who disappeared along with them have been arrested trying to reach Germany in a bid for asylum, coach Ali Asger told the BBC.
The men left their passports with their coach in Verona when they vanished.
Afghan sports officials have described their behaviour, during a tour to raise money for charity, as disgusting.
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On Monday, after their day off and a visit to a disco, the nine players failed to return to their camp near Verona.
Their coach managed to pull in reserves from Germany and the UK to play a charity match, which the Afghans lost.
When the remaining members of the team boarded their return flight to Kabul there was still no sign of them.
At least one of the five arrested was caught by police on the Swiss border on a train bound for Germany.
The BBC's Frances Kennedy reports from Italy that it is widely believed the missing players are also heading for Germany, which has a large Afghan community.
The visit to Italy marked the Afghan team's first appearance in Europe for 20 years.
Football was banned in Afghanistan after the Taleban regime came to power in 1996.
"It's 20 years since our national side last played in Europe and our people need football to give them hope," Ali Asger said this week.
Proceeds from the team's visit were due to go towards construction of medical centres in the Afghan capital Kabul.