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Engage amputee footballers with competitions, says Asaba


LAGOS – A former scribe of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), Pius Asaba, on Tuesday urged the body to organise more competitions in the next quarter of the year.

Asaba told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that it was one of the steps that would help the NAFF to enhance awareness for the sport.

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He described amputee football as a growing sport, adding that encouragement should be given to states that have embraced the sport.

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“Amputee football has come to stay and the joy of it is that we have talented players that can sustain the sport, if the players are given the enabling environment to demonstrate their skills.

“Championships are very fundamental because they are a platform to create the required awareness, as well as helping to access players’ level of progress in developing the sport.

“We have states with amputee football but they are not vibrant and this is the reason I am calling on the NAFF and the state associations to organise football fiestas,’’ he said.

The former scribe, who is also a member of the Amputee Football Federation for Africa (AFFA), advised the state associations to liaise with the national body in the 2nd quarter for competitions.

Asaba said that such competitions would go a long way to inspire existing amputee footballers in the various states to be more committed to their training programmes.

He noted that the country’s national team had in previous years participated in continental football fiestas organised by AFFA, urging that such should be replicated in the country. (NAN)


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