Nigeria Amputee Football Team sets up GoFundMe Page for World Cup in Mexico

Nigeria’s Special Eagles will missed the Amputee World Cup in Mexico if they can’t raise at least £52,000 within the next few days.

The competition is just three weeks away, and the Nigerian Amputee football team have resorted to social media to call for sponsorship.

The team missed the last three tournaments in 2010, 2012 and 2014 due to the lack of funding and this may be the case this year if they don’t raise funds urgently.

Paralympian Michael Ishiguzo who plays for Arsenal Amputee FC has set up a GoFundMe to raise the money needed to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event which kicks off on the 24th of October 2018.

So far, since the campaign launched on October 1st they have been able to raise a total of £130, which is nowhere near a third of what they need,

Speaking to BBC Sports, Ishiguzo said:
These guys have worked so hard and several times they have missed going to the World Cup because it appears the government, the corporate community doesn’t care about them. I feel their pains. They have no support whatsoever.
They contribute their own funds to keep the sport, the team and their dream alive while also working hard to fend for themselves and their families.
Going to the World Cup is a big deal for them because it will bring them to the global place where there are opportunities like I have.
The Special Eagles captain Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, who is inspired by Ishiguzo and hopes to fulfil a lifelong ambition after sealing another World Cup qualification, told BBC:

“We are not giving up on our dreams. We know that sports provides hope for physically challenged people,” Ibeawuchi told BBC Sport.

“Our Powerlifters have proved this at at the Paralympics. We also want to show our stuff to the world.

“We believe we are among the best in the world but we have been denied the opportunity of showcasing ourselves for long.

“This time around, we are praying that with public support we can be at the World Cup.”

Click here to donate and read more on the campaign.

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