21st September, 2010
With just three months to the Amputee World Football Championship scheduled to hold inÂ Argentina, the Nigerian team are yet to begin preparation.
Nigeriaâ€™s team are drawn in group B along with Uzbekistan, Brazil and Iran. There areÂ clear indications that Nigeria may not take part in this yearâ€™s editionÂ ifÂ the fundsÂ are not ready before the kick off date.
President of Amputee Football Association, Feyisetan Are, confirmed to P.M.Sports thatÂ the players are yet to be in camp due to lack of fund. He said the team cannot do well inÂ Argentina if there are no preparations and urged the Sports ministry to come to theirÂ aid.
â€˜We are still in the dark over where to camp because the Sports Ministry is yet toÂ release fund for us to start camping. Most of the countries that are coming to the WorldÂ championship have started early preparation. The players and officials are not happyÂ about the delay because we donâ€™t want to miss the event after they failed to honour theÂ last edition in Turkey,â€™ he said.
Meanwhile, this yearâ€™s World championshipÂ marks the 30th anniversary of the AmputeeÂ football, having started in 1980 by Don Bennett of Seattle.
Bennett is scheduled to attend this yearâ€™s World Cup in Crespo and will present â€˜the DonÂ Bennett Golden footâ€™ trophy to the player who scores the highest goals during theÂ competition.
Group A consists of Argentina, Ukraine, France, Japan and Haiti, Group CÂ comprisesÂ Turkey, El-Salvador, Ghana, Liberia and Algeria while those in group D are Russia,Â England, Angola and Sierra- Leone.