November 22, 2013

Amputee footballer bemoans public apathy towards group’s game

File photo: Cross Section of Nigeria’s Paralympians

Lagos – A Lagos- based amputee footballer, Sunday Ogunbiyi, on Friday appealed  to public-spirited individuals and corporate organisations to  support the development of the amputee football in Nigeria.

Ogunbiyi in Lagos said that the physically challenged footballers needed assistance to grow in their chosen career and bring glory to their country.

“It will not be good seeing people that are physically challenged roaming the street.

“But we are using this medium to create awareness for the public; they should come and support us.

“Everybody is needed, the ministers, the federal public servants, even private investors can come and help us.’’

He expressed dismay that physically challenged persons were begging for arms, saying little assistance could be all they needed  to engage in meaningful vocations such as football.

Ogunbiyi , however, charged the physically challenged to keep hope alive by imbibing  the spirit of “ability in disability”.

The amputee footballer expressed optimism that if the right things were put in place the group’s football would be a force to reckon with, just like the able bodied footballers.

Ogunbiyi also called on corporate bodies to donate facilities to the Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) to enhance the training programmes of the athletes. (NAN)