4 March 2013

Nigeria: Amputee Footballers Lament Poor Training Facilities At Lagos Stadium

Athletes of the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) on Monday expressed displeasure over the poor training facilities at the National Stadium, Lagos, as they began training for the Nations Cup.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Africa Cup of Nations for Amputee Football Cup (ACNAFC) will hold in October in Kenya.

The athletes told NAN in Lagos that among other conditions, the training ground was not conducive for them.

Chimobi Micheal, a winger, said that they played on concrete ground "which is not conducive for physically challenged players".

"Training on a concrete ground is not the best for us because we are being exposed to dangers and it hinders the pace of our training programmes," Micheal said.

Nonso Iwuagwu, a striker, said that amputee players did not have the necessary and standard kits such as clutches, football, boots and jerseys to train with.

"The truth is that in spite of the situation, we will continue with our training," he said.

Ojo Oyeyemi, a midfielder, said that support from the National Sports Commission (NSC) and corporate organisations would go a long way in improving the situation and attract more athletes.

Oyeyemi said that currently, only few players were coming for training, adding, "there is nothing on ground to really encourage some of us to come for training."

Felix Ndubuisi, a defender, said the international competition in Kenya needed thorough preparation, especially early camping and friendly matches to upgrade the players' skills.

"This is a competition that needs a lot of home work and early preparations, as it involves teams from other African countries," he added.

Ugochukwu Obieze, another player, called for training tour to neighboring countries to enhance the players' preparation for the bi-annual competition. (NAN)

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