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Nigeria Amputees Crowd-Fund For World Cup In Mexico

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Nigeria Amputees Crowd-Fund For World Cup In Mexico
Nigeria’s amputee football team has missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances and with just three weeks until the Amputee World Cup in Mexico, the team has turned to a crowd-funding campaign to raise the necessary finances, reports BBC Sport.

The Special Eagles have missed the last three editions in 2010, 2012 and 2014 due to a lack of money. Arsenal Amputee FC’s Michael Ishiguzo noticed their plight and the London-based player has set up an online appeal on GoFundMe to raise almost US$68,000. “These guys have worked so hard and several times they have missed going to the World Cup because it appears the government, the corporate community don’t care about them,” Ishiguzo told BBC Sport.

“I feel their pains. They have no support whatsoever.“They contribute their own funds to keep the sport, the team and their dream alive while also working hard to fend for themselves and their families.“Going to the World Cup is a big deal for them because it will bring them to the global place where there are opportunities like I have.”

They hope to raise the necessary funds to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event, which kicks off on October 24. A former player of now defunct Stationary Stores of Lagos, Ishiguzo suffered what proved to be a career-ending injury in 1997, had his right leg amputated before turning to Javelin as well as other sports, he then switched back to football.

He currently plays for Arsenal in the community amputee football team playing in the EAFA National league.Special Eagles captain, Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, who suffered auto accident at age 22 leading to the amputation of his right leg, is inspired by Ishiguzo and hopes to fulfil a lifelong ambition after sealing another World Cup qualification.

“We are not giving up on our dreams. We know that sports provides hope for physically challenged people,” Ibeawuchi told BBC Sport.“Our Powerlifters have proved this at at the Paralympics. We also want to show our stuff to the world. “We believe we are among the best in the world but we have been denied the opportunity of showcasing ourselves for long. ”

“This time around, we are praying that with public support we can be at the World Cup.”Angola, Kenya and Ghana represented Africa at the 2014 World Cup in Culiacán, Mexico. The Angolans finished as runners-up after losing 3-1 to Russia in the final.

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The Spanish Premier has already held talks with Morocco’s King Mohammed the sixth about the same. If the bid were to be successful, it would present the possibility of one of the most interesting world cup showdowns ever.

According to the Spanish Prime Minister, the bid would involve Portugal as well. The first joint hosting of the world cup was in 2002. The tournament was hosted by Japan and South Korea, for the first time in Asia.

This will not be the first joint hosting bid by three countries. The 2026 FIFA world cup will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

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Gernot Rohr Searches For Grade A Matches To Prepare Super Eagles For AFCON 2019

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The Super Eagles are already qualified for the tournament with a game to spare, and Rohr is hopeful that the team will be kept busy with at least three grade a matches.

The Super Eagles have won the AFCON three times, but they are only back in the tournament proper in four years after they failed to qualify for the last two editions in 2015 and 2017.

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The Get Involved Foundation also seeks to foster social cohesion and promote education across Africa.

Explaining his motivation, Mtawarira says he represents the whole continent, and wants to inspire all youths in Africa.

Mtawarira plays for the Durban-based side, The Sharks, and the national team. He says he wants to use his foundation, launched in London on Sunday, to give African children a better chance in life through sport.

Mtawarira has played for the Springboks for the last 11 years and amassed more than 100 caps, a rare feat in the game.

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