Members of the Nigeria Amputee Football team has expressed deep appreciation to the Super Eagles of Nigeria for their group donation to support their attendance of the Mexico 2018 Amputee Football World Cup.
The amputees who are presently in camp at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos, in final preparation for the World Cup billed to kick off on the 24th October, said the gesture of the senior national team brought great joy and hope to them to see that the Super Eagles cared so much about them.
“It was like a dream when the news came to us that the Super Eagles as a group decided to support us. We never thought that they would care about us but they have demonstrated a huge sense of humanity and kindness. This has given us hope that we can attend the World Cup to launch ourselves unto the world stage and enjoy opportunities like our counterparts from other countries”, said Goodluck Obieze, defender and players’ representative in the board of the amputee federation.
For captain of the side, Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, the gesture of the Super Eagles is historic and would remain indelible in the memory of physically challenged people in Nigeria.
“What happened on Saturday is historic. We all gathered to watch the Super Eagles best Libya emphatically, but just as we were celebrating the victory, we got the news that they want to support us with a huge amount. It’s unbelievable. This is very inspiring because, coupled with the support of the NFF and members of the public, it brings us closer to being able to afford our ticket to Mexico. We want to plead with all Nigerians, individuals, groups, organisations to please join in supporting us to make the World Cup after missing three times earlier. We will be suspended from further international competitions if we don’t attend this one, but going to the World Cup will open new doors for us and other amputees,” Ibeawuchi enthused.
“What can we say other than to praying for the Super Eagles to continue soaring from glory to glory. We are seeing the progress of the team, we are hearing of their sense of commitment, discipline and hard work. Now, they have showed us love. God will reward them with successful and injury free career and, someday, we will celebrate their winning the World Cup.”