October 22, 2018
By Sahr Morris Jnr
Sierra Leone Amputee Football team will not be part of this year’s Amputee World Football tournament due to lack of support and funds from Sierra Leoneans and the government.
The team has missed previous editions of the Amputee World Cup due to the same problem and this year’s tournament in Mexico will not be an exception.
According to the team’s vocal man, Albert Mustapha, it is difficult for them now to access funding.
“As a team, we are not under the supervision of the Sierra Leone Football Association like the country’s national team, Leone Stars who are getting funds from the government,” he said and continued: “Unlike Leone Stars players, our boys are not even asking for bonuses or allowance.”
“Our players just want to represent the country in the World Cup and showcase what they have.”
Unlike Sierra Leone’s hopes which have been washed away, the Nigeria Amputee team are still struggling to ensure they participate in the Mexico tournament.
Recently, the Super Eagles stand-in captain, Ahmed Musa called for support for the Nigeria amputee team, Special Eagles. He asked well-meaning Nigerian to offer support for the team who missed out of the 2010 and 2014 editions due to lack of funds.