Amputee Football Nations Cup: Nigeria drawn against Egypt, Ghana amid lack of funds for flight tickets


The Nigeria National Amputee Football team have been drawn alongside Egypt and Ghana in Group D of the upcoming Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) in Tanzania 

The draws for the CANAF 2021which took place on Thursday was anchored by the President of the Federation of Africa Amputee Football (FAAF), Rev. Amartey Richard.

15 teams will be taking part in the 6th edition, making it the most featuring showpiece in the  competition’s history

Nigeria settled for silver at the 2019 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) after a 2-0 loss to host and world champions Angola in the final.

In Group A is the host country, Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Morroco, while Group B has the current champion; Angola, Rwañda, Kenya and Zanzibar.

Group C has Liberia, Cameroon, Gambia and Ethiopia on the card with just three teams making up  Group D.

Recall that the travails of the Nigeria team, which is also being referred to as ‘Special Eagles’ was earlier reported with the team Captain, Sarafadeen Olalekan lamenting a poor preparation ahead of the tournament.

The Captain of the team had noted the fact that the team is yet to open camp ahead of the showpiece with lack of funds to prosecute some of their basic needs, among which are facilities, flight tickets, kits and food.

The challenges are not new to the Nigeria ‘crutches team’ as they also had to suffer untold hardship during their last outing.

Even with the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare promising them a better welfare after their exploits in the last edition, the para- footballers have neither taste any compensation nor recognition from the government.

CANAF 2021, which will hold from 28th of November to December 5th is a biennial tournament organised by the (FAAF) to determine Africa’s best team and also serves as part of qualifiers for the Amputee World Cup usually organised by World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF).

Liberia have won three editions of the tournament, while Ghana won the inaugural edition hosted in 2007 in Sierra Leone.


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