The Nigeria Amputee Football Federation are seeking financial support for its team, the Special Eagles ahead of the participation in Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico.
In a chat with the president of the federation, Mallam Suleiman Isah, the team have been camped at the Teslim Balogun Stadium while training on the Astro turf in Mega City which is similar to what will be used as the playing surface in Mexico.
He however sought for the support of the private sector to help the team achieve its dreams of being the first African nation to win the World Cup after they had missed the last three editions of the tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014 due to a lack of money.
He noted that the amputee football federation was not captured in the 2018 budget but expressed his hope that the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Barr Solomon Dalung will seek ways to help the team.
“Last week we had donation from the NFF President, Amaju Pinnick who gave his widow mite of N2.5m and additional $5000.”
“Victor Ikpeba also gave us N100, 000. We hope to reach out to the Super Eagles players who are in Uyo if some of them can give their widow’s mite as well”, he noted.
The tournament begins on October 24 and ends on November 5 in the Mexican cities of Guadalajara, San Juan and Logos de Moreno.
The team are currently preparing for the competition in Lagos and will depart on October 23 while.
The Special Eagles are making their debut in the tournament and play in Group E alongside defending champions Russia, El Salvador and Brazil.