Super Eagles bless Nigeria Amputee Football team with over ₦6 Million
After unavoidably missing the past 3 editions of Amputee World Cup due to lack of funding, the Special Eagles move a step closer to their first ever appearance at the global tournament as Super Eagles have contributed a substantial amount into their coffer.
According to reports from an impeccable source, Super Eagles met before their 4-0 trashing of Libya on Saturday and pull together over $16,530, which is well over 40% of the $40,000 required for the team logistics in order to participate alongside other amputee teams from around the world in Mexico next week.
The team, who missed the 2010, 2012 and 2016 due to dearth of funds and sponsors, have—with the help of former Nigerian footballer who lost his leg after a car accident in 1997, Michael Ishiguzo, who is now a member of the Arsenal Amputee team—set up an online appeal GoFundMe campaign to raise the money for the team earlier this year. Unfortunately, only a paltry $205 has been garnered from the online crowdfunding account.
The solicitation for funds continues online and hopefully Nigerians will further rally around them and get them to Mexico to go do the nation proud.
The World Cup Amputee Football will kick off on the 24th of October, 2018 in Mexico. Currently, 46 countries play amputee football. The African countries include Angola, Kenya, Nigeria, Malawi, Tanzania, Ghana, Rwanda, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.
Nigeria is in the same group with Russia, El Salvador and Brazil. Kenya is in the same group with USA, Turkey and Iran. Angola will face Haiti, Ukraine and Spain at the group stages. While Ghana will battle Argentina, Italy and France in the group stage.