Lagos – Femi Afolayan, Head Coach of the Lagos State Para-soccer Association, on Monday appealed to corporate organisations and philanthropists to contribute to the growth of the sport by sponsoring its programmes.
Afolayan said in Lagos that it was only through such support that the sport could thrive in the country.
He said that the availability of adequate resources would enable the Nigerian Para-soccer Federation to organise competitions, on a regular basis, to engage the physically-challenged players.
“The federation has various programmes, but getting funds to execute some of them has been a major challenge.
“We need support from the private sector, as well as individuals and organizations, to help project this sport to the next level and to also encourage the players.
“If competitions are organised regularly to engage our players, they will not go back to the streets to beg for alms,’’ he said.
The coach noted that government alone should not be saddled with the responsibility of financing sports development in the country.
He, however, urged the federation to increase its sponsorship drive, to attract more sponsors.
On its preparation for the 2nd World Polio Championships scheduled for October in Abuja, Afolayan said that preparations were in top gear, to ensure that the state excelled.
He added that players to represent the state were selected at the just-concluded two-day Lagos State Interclub Championship held from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29
“I have already selected players that will represent the state at the world polio championships and we are training regularly, ahead of the championships,’’ the coach added. (NAN)