The Head Coach of Nigeria Deaf Football Team, Kamiludeen Oladimeji, on Tuesday appealed to the National Sports Commission (NSC) to include the sport in the itinerary of the 19th National Sports Festival.
The festival tagged `Paradise Games’ would hold from Nov. 23 to Dec. 3 in Calabar.
Oladimeji told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the inclusion of the sport would enhance the competitive spirit of deaf athletes for major international competitions.
According to him, other deaf sports like table tennis, athletics have featured in previous events, saying that the inclusion of deaf football should not be an exception.
“We are appealing to the NSC to include deaf football in the next festival to boost the confidence of players.
“If other deaf sports are part of the festival, I see no reason why deaf football should be excluded in the festival.
“The inclusion of the sport will also encourage the players to be committed and enhance their skills,’’ he said.
The coach, however, told NAN that lack of funds might hamper the country’s preparation for the 4th West Africa Championship in Togo.
He said that the team was yet to commence preparations for the championship which would hold in June.
Oladimeji added that it was only through adequate preparations that the country could retain the title for the fourth time. (NAN)