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Amputee footballers protest neglect

31 July 2013, 11:05

Lagos - Amputee footballers in Lagos on Tuesday protested their alleged neglect by the board of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF).

"We are not happy with our board as none of them has deemed it fit to have a meeting with the players since coming on board,’’ Austin Ugwu, spokesman of the team told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

"We have not yet commenced preparations for an upcoming Cup of African Nations for Amputee footballers (CANAF)’’.

The competition is scheduled to hold in Nairobi, Kenya from Nov. 22 to Nov. 30.

According to him, the players are not happy that the board and the president have not seen the need for early camping, in preparation for the competition.

Ugwu said there was the need to urgently invite players to begin camping or some form of training.

"We are only aware that we have a board and a president, but we have not seen them. This is not right,’’ Ugwu said.

Another player, Felix Ndubuisi, said they have been facing challenges in transporting themselves from their homes to the National Stadium, their training venue.

He added that some of them had problems with acquiring equipment to aid easy movement, like wheelchairs and crutches.

"Our physical conditions do not permit us to be jumping from one bus to another, so we need to be in camp and train with quality equipment,’’ he said.

Ojo Yemi, another physically-challenged player told NAN that the team needed the board to facilitate friendly games as part of their build up for the competition.

He noted that the boys were enthusiastic about representing the country at the competition and that other participating countries might have started their preparation for the event.

A member of the board, and its technical director, Feyisetan Are, who spoke on the issue, said the board had only met once and that efforts would be made to meet with the players.

 - NAN


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