7th September, 2010
Coach of Nigeria Deaf Football National team, Kamilu Banjo, says his team deserve to beÂ honoured by the Federal Government after they won the maiden edition of West Africa DeafÂ Football Tournament.
Nigeria defeated Togo 8-1 to emerge the winner of the tournament which wasÂ held recently atÂ the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
Banjo said his players are still angry with Nigeria Sport Deaf Federation for not hostingÂ them for a job well done. He said the only way the team can be encouragedÂ is to honour andÂ motivate themÂ to perform better in subsequent tourneys.
â€œAs I speak to you now, the players are still waiting for the federation to honour them. IÂ am not happy the way theyÂ were treated during and after the competition. This is the timeÂ the federation should take ourÂ matter to the Ministry of Youth & SportsÂ to honour the teamÂ or possibly give them money for a job well done,â€ said Banjo, who is still pleading withÂ federation to assist the team in their next programme.
The gaffer told PM Sports that the team will soon begin to prepare for the Deaf FootballÂ World Cup which will hold next year.
He said Nigeria may not qualify for the championship if the team are not well motivated toÂ take part in the Africa’s qualifiers.
â€œI implore the newly elected members of Nigeria Football Federation led by Alhaji AminuÂ Maigari to look into the matter instead of concentrating only on Super Eagles,â€ he said