Amputee footballers expresses disappointment over state of spor

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LAGOS – Amputee football Monday expressed displeasure over lack of activities in sport.

Some of them who spoke to News Agency of (NAN) in Lagos said situation would not augur well for development of sport in the country.

The footballers said the development was discouraging to them.

The national , Michael Chimobi, said the sport was not getting the required assistance from corporate bodies and the country’s sports authorities.

“Without mincing words, amputee football is being marginalised in this country, in terms of sponsorship, moral , encouragement from sports authorities, media patronage and training facilities.’’

Chimobi said the situation had compelled him to give full attention to his personal .

“I have a commercial bus which somebody manages for me but am now the conductor.

“ I have to do to keep myself busy because we had not had any competition since the beginning of the year,’’ he said.

A midfielder, Ugochukwu Obieze, said that it was sad that amputee footballers were denied opportunity of developing talents and contributing quota to football development in the country.

“As physically challenged footballers, I believe that we can a stronger impact in football development in this country but nothing is collaborating with our zeal and it’s disappointing,’’ he said.

Blessing Agu, a goalkeeper also expressed disappointment the state of amputee football in the country.

Agu said he had stopped training with the national since the beginning of the year, due to a lack of competition to motivate the .

“Being an amputee football keeper does not deny me the opportunity of developing my talent in para-table tennis which I now changed to because nothing is happening in amputee football,’’ he said.

Gbenga Dosumu, the assistant of the Amputee Football Federation acknowledged the challenges facing amputee football.

He, however, appealed to sports enthusiasts to assist the sport.

“Amputee football is a growing sport but the problems we are going through are just too much and it is affecting the passion of the for the game.

“The people are special people in our , getting them involved in sport is a way of taking them off the street and a way of making them useful to themselves and the .’’

Dosumu said it was only through from the general public that interest of the players could be restored. (NAN)