The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has donated N10m as financial support for Nigeria’s Amputee Football Team.
The donation, which was made on behalf of the former vice president by the Atiku Care Foundation, is to assist the team to represent Nigeria at the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup scheduled to hold in Mexico from October 24 to November 14.
Atiku’s intervention followed appeals by Nigeria Amputee Football Federation and National Disability Empowerment Forum that the team needed to bridge a funding gap which was threatening the chances of Nigeria’s participation at the global event.
In a letter to Atiku signed by Fred Edoreh, its World Cup Project Coordinator, NAFF said that for three consecutive times the team had through self-help attended the Africa Amputee Football Nations Cup but that after qualifying for the global series, the team could not make the trip because of paucity of funds.
The team further explained that if the team failed to show up at the 2018 World Cup, which would be the fourth time, the Nigerian side would be suspended from participating in the competition.
NAFF, which said that its team of 15 players and five officials needed a total of N27m to compete at the event, disclosed that it had already raised N10m from public appeal for funding and donation from the Super Eagles.
The team added that although it had written letters to relevant government agencies and corporate organisations seeking for their financial support, no response has been received.