Francis Ajuonuma, Lagos
The Amputee Football Federation of Nigeria (AFFN) has appealed to corporate bodies, governments and philanthropists in the country to come to the aid of the federation ahead of the upcoming Amputee Nations Cup scheduled to hold in September in Angola.
President of federation, Suleiman Isah made the appeal, while presently trophy and medals to the winning team and runners’ up at the 2nd Nigeria Amputee Football Championship which ended on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, the Nations Cup in Angola offers the Nigerian team the opportunity to test their quality against other African teams, noting that the just concluded 2nd Nigeria Amputee Football Championship in Lagos was put together to select the best players that would give the country good representation in Angola.
“We had the first edition in Abuja and it’s very successful. We used it to select players that represented the country at the Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico. This year again we’re fortunate that we’ve a continental tournament- the Africa Cup of Nations for amputees coming up in Angola later in September, so we’re using this second edition to pick the players that will be invited to camp in preparation for the African championship.
“We’re appealing to governments, corporate organisations, philanthropists, critical stakeholders in Paralympic sports to come to our aid because we as a federation know we’ve the initiatives, a very good team that have always been coming with a good concept on how to move this game forward, the only challenge has been sponsorship. So we’re appealing to the corporate world, governments, and philanthropists to assist us, especially now that we’re preparing to go to the Africa Cup of Nations,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ralph Worldwide FC emerged champions of the 2nd edition of Nigeria Amputee Football Championship after thrashing Zenith FC also of Lagos 5-0 in an entertaining finals decided at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
Superior FC recorded a 2-0 victory over ‘Team Niger ‘ in the losers final to win the third place match.
To qualify for the final, Ralph Worldwide FC, defeated Superior FC 3-0 on penalties after their game ended 0-0 at regulation time, while Zenith FC came from a goal down to beat Team Niger 2-1 .