After receiving half a million naira as a reward for their outstanding performances at the first Para-National Sports Festival, which was held last year in Abuja, Kwara State Amputee Football Clubhas commended the state Governor, MallamAbdulRahmanAbdulRazaq.
Players and officials with limb and hand defects known as Amputee Soccer, the most exciting non-regular football game, registered their appreciation to the Governor for the cash gift delivered to them by the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Sports Commission, Mallam Bolakale Adisa Mogaji.
The Amputee Soccer National Team Captain, Sarafadeen Olalekan Oyeleke, who is also the Coach for the Kwara State Amputee Football Team was full of praises for the Executive Governor of Kwara State for fulfilling the promise made to the team after winning the gold medal at the maiden edition of the festival held last year in Abuja.
According to Oyeleke, in an exclusive chat with newsmen, he commended the Governor for the cash gift and promised to do better with his team as they begin another Amputee soccer event this year.
Oyeleke, an indigene of Irra in the Oyun Local Government Area of Kwara state
specifically thanked the Executive Chairman of the Kwara State Sports Commission, Mallam Bolakale Mogaji for his leadership roles and motivation to continue winning laurels for the State of Harmony.
Oyeleke argued that Amputee Soccer has grown to a high level in the state, and the support from His Excellency has boosted the morale of the players to win national and international competitions.
He disclosed that the Kwara State Amputee Association, under the leadership of Alhaji AbdulRahman Giwa, who is the Association’s Chairman, and Funsho Zakari (SK Dan-Alhaji), had further mapped out strategies to popularize the game of a
Amputee in all the Local Governments Areas of Kwara state.
He then charged parents whose children are deformed in the area of a limb or hand cut, not to hide their wards but to allow them to take an active part in the game that can fetch Nigeria medals not only in Africa but across the globe.
He stressed the need to capture people with amputee disabilities to come out and register with the association so that the basics on how to play the game will be deployed to would-be players as the Amputee Association prepares for the new 2023 loaded Amputee soccer calendar.
Mainly, interested parents who wish to register their amputee children are advised to contact the Kwara State Amputee Association at the Kwara State Sports Commission located inside the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.