Amputee World Cup: Special Eagles set for first match with Brazil tomorrow

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Pius Asaba, board member, Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), has confirmed the departure of 10 out of 15 members of the national team known as `Special Eagles’ to the 2018 Amputee World Cup.

Nigeria will play its first match with Brazil on Oct. 28.

The World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) organised the tournament holding in Mexico from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5.

The batch which comprised nine footballers and the national coach of Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF), departed the country aboard KLM Airline on Thursday.

He gave the names of the players as Oyeleke Sarafadeen-Lalekan, Kingsley Kelvin, Ugwu Augustine, Blessing Otutu, William Monday, Sanni Adeiza, Michael Chimobi, Ibeawuchi Emmanuel, Ezeji Chibuike Kennedy and Bamgbopa Abayomi.

“Ten members of Special Eagles out of the full team featuring in the world cup are now in Mexico and the idea was for them to witness the opening ceremony held yesterday.

The first batch left on Wednesday while some left yesterday through Murtala Mohammed International Airport, Lagos, for the tournament which kicked off yesterday with opening ceremony.’’

He said that the team had to travel in batches due to logistics encountered in travel arrangements.

According to him, NAFF, affiliated to WAFF, will be making its first appearance at the mundial after missing out in three previous editions due to lack of sponsorship.

Asaba said that the remaining two footballers and an assistant coach would depart on Saturday to join their colleagues’ for the opening match.

He commended NFF President Amaju Pinnick, the Super Eagles and individuals for their contributions, saying that it went a long way in making the trip a reality.


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