Amputee Football Team

Super Eagles captain John Mikel Obi has pledged financial and moral support to the country’s amputee football team.

The Special Super Eagles, who have missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances, took to crowd-funding early this month to help them travel to compete in the 2018 World Cup in Mexico.

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Concise News learned that both the Nigeria Football Federation President, Amaju Pinnick, and the Super Eagles squad have made significant financial contributions.

Fred Edoreh, the amputee World Cup Project Coordinator, said that former Chelsea midfielder Mikel Obi hopes to support the amputee football team with money and kits.

Edoreh said; “We’ve spoken to a representative of John Mikel Obi who has offered to help the team.

“His support will come as a big boost, but right now the dilemma is to find the flights to get the squad to Mexico.”

He added; “The first batch (eight players and coach) should have left on Tuesday but there were not enough seats on the last lap of the journey, from Mexico City to Guadalajara.

“Our travel agents are working hard to secure space for them by tomorrow (Wednesday). So they are expected to depart Lagos by 12 noon with Ethiopia Airlines.

“This will help us to secure our presence and avoid a global sanction. Hoping with additional funds, the reserve team can depart on Thursday or Friday.”