Amputee World Championship: Nigeria Yet To Begin Preparation

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With just three months to the Amputee World Football Championship scheduled to hold in  Argentina, the Nigerian team are yet to begin preparation.

Nigeria’s team are drawn in group B along with Uzbekistan, Brazil and Iran. There are  clear indications that Nigeria may not take part in this year’s edition  if  the funds  are not ready before the kick off date.

President of Amputee Football Association, Feyisetan Are, confirmed to P.M.Sports that  the players are yet to be in camp due to lack of fund. He said the team cannot do well in  Argentina if there are no preparations and urged the Sports ministry to come to their  aid.

‘We are still in the dark over where to camp because the Sports Ministry is yet to  release fund for us to start camping. Most of the countries that are coming to the World  championship have started early preparation. The players and officials are not happy  about the delay because we don’t want to miss the event after they failed to honour the  last edition in Turkey,’ he said.

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Meanwhile, this year’s World championship  marks the 30th anniversary of the Amputee  football, having started in 1980 by Don Bennett of Seattle.

Bennett is scheduled to attend this year’s World Cup in Crespo and will present ‘the Don  Bennett Golden foot’ trophy to the player who scores the highest goals during the  competition.

Group A consists of Argentina, Ukraine, France, Japan and Haiti, Group C  comprises  Turkey, El-Salvador, Ghana, Liberia and Algeria while those in group D are Russia,  England, Angola and Sierra- Leone.

—Sunday Akintoye