Deaf Football Tourney: Nigerian Coach Relishes Team's Success


Chief Coach of Nigeria’s Deaf Football Team, Kamilu Banjo, has given the reason his team won the just concluded West Africa Deaf Football Competition.

Nigeria defeated Togo 8-1 in the final of the championship, played last Saturday at the Kaduna Township Stadium.

Banjo, who was elated about the team’s success said his team were committed to the championship and determined for  success despite lack of financial support from the Nigeria Deaf Football Federation.

“Honestly, we did not have good preparation before the competition started,  but I thank God that we beat Benin Republic 4-1 in the opening match and moved on to win the cup. I think these players need  government’s support to do well in subsequent tourneys,” he said, while commending the team for their hardwork and dedication throughout the competition.

Banjo said if the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sport gives more attention to the Deaf Football National Team, Nigeria will rule the world in the sport in the nearest future.

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He explained that Nigeria has good players who can bring laurels to the country if they are given the necessary support.

“I want to assure that if the Nigeria Deaf Team are well taken care of, they will go far in the international championships. The team can do better in subsequent competitions if there is enough support from the government,” he said

Banjo also called on corporate bodies to show interest in  deaf football and not to  concentrate only on the Super Eagles and other sports.

—Sunday  Akintoye

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