Officials of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation have lamented about lack of sponsorship from both individuals and corporate organisations.
They also expressed sadness about the little or no support they get from the federal government.
The team’s Acting Technical Director, Mr. Pius Asaba said, “It has not been easy managing this team (Nigeria Amputee Football Team), especially without a strong financial support. Till date, we are expecting the Ministry of Youths and Sports Development to wade into the situation; but nothing has been done about that.
“The team would be going to Angola for the forthcoming Cup of Africa Nation for Amputee Football (CANAF) in October and the ministry has not shown any financial support.”
Asaba recalled that the team could not get sponsorship last year when they went for a world-wide competition in Mexico.
He said that, “We have been able to use sports to empower persons living with disabilities; and we don’t expect these young footballers to return to the street.
Corroborating Asaba, the NAFF national coach, Victor Nwenwe, said that in as much as the team is involved due to their passion, there is no sponsorship.
Nwenwe noted that, “We are soliciting support from well-meaning Nigerians and government for the amputee football team. We lack sponsorship.”
Advice for the footballers
Mr. Asaba urged the amputee football players to ensure that they prepare adequately towards the forthcoming event.
“All the players should strive and emerge the champion in the forthcoming CANAF taking place in October; because this is the only way we can qualify for the world cup,” he added.
More so, Nwenwe advised the players to remain focused in the game and not relent. “Even after the competition, they should keep striving at becoming the best,” he stressed.
According to them, the body has proposed September 30 as departure date for the players and other members of the team.
It would confirm their registration and participation in the competition. The 15-day continental tournament determines who qualifies for the 2020 Amputee World Cup.