Abuja - Sunday Ogunbiyi, an amputee footballer, on Wednesday appealed to Nigerians to support the national team, ahead of their participation in the forthcoming Cup of Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).
Ogunbiyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the team was putting finishing touches to their preparations for the tournament scheduled for November 25 to November 30 in Nairobi, Kenya.
He said that the players preferred to dedicate their time to football rather than begging for alms in the streets, thereby becoming a liability to the society.
"We have a competition at hand now the amputees’ nations cup that is going to be held in Nairobi, Kenya.
"We are soliciting government aid, ministry aid, foreign bodies’ aid and even individuals, even people that love sports that want this sport to grow.
"We want everybody to come to our aid; we’ve been training for quite a while now behind the Stadium Hotel and everybody has been showing up for it.
"Everybody is gingered to participate for this competition for Nigeria. We don’t like seeing our mates on the streets begging.
"We don’t want to be among the people that will be causing nuisance in the society; we are here to come and uplift Nigeria.
"So we are begging everybody, all hands should be on deck to improve this football federation."
Ogunbiyi added that with such support, the team would be able to embark on a closed camp programmes and engage in tune-up friendly matches before the kick-off of the biennial amputee football tournament.