Cameroon's national amputee soccer team could miss its first international tournament in Angola due to lack of funds.
During the football match, the players who will represent #Cameroon in an amputee football match in Angola come September 2019 launched an appeal for support from people or organizations of good will to enable them to persuade their dreams.@CBMAustralia @lilianefonds#ANCP
– CBC Health Services (@CBCHSORG) August 27, 2019
According to one of the organizers, amputee player and founder of the NGO called Think Big (Think Big), stands out thanks to the promotion of the SEEPD Program for people with disabilities, which has improved their quality of life in recent years.
During the football game, players who will represent Cameroon in an amputee football match in Angola for September 2019 launched a request for support to people or organizations of goodwill that allows them to achieve their dreams.
Footballers with disabilities play in the national team of amputee football and the World Amputee Soccer Federation supports them as a global disciple entity. Seven players compete for each team – a goalkeeper and six field players, unlike the 11 that make up a team of non-amputees.
The fifth Cup of African Nations for Amputee Soccer, CANAF, will include Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo and Cameroon, but Cameroonians fear they will not reach the competition:
Cup of African Nations Amputee Football (CANAF) begins on September 30 to October 14 in Benguela, Angola. 10 teams participating in the tournament Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Togo, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.@Iam_Jyde @ hardz15 @BayoPsalm @HonseyjMr pic.twitter.com/UXSFFOBcu1
– 9aijasport (@ 9aijasoccer) September 9, 2019
The Cup of African Nations for Amputee Soccer (CANAF) starts on September 30 and ends on Oct. 14 in Benguela, Angola. Ten teams participate in the tournament, Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Tanzania, Togo, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
“We have no source of funding for our trips and we may not be able to represent the country,” said Fon Dieudonné, midfielder and executive of the Cameroonian team, he told local media on September 23, 2019.
The Cameroon amputee team was newly formed in March 2018 and needs international participation to be recognized by the World Amputee Football Federation. However, the road to the final in Angola has been overwhelming.
Training session in Bamenda. Next stop, Yaounde. Cameroon amputee football is getting better. Good job guys. Follow us to know more about amputee football in Cameroon / Africa. No one is left out pic.twitter.com/NYzfzt0jhg
– Amputee Football Cameroon (@AmputeeCameroon) May 28, 2019
Training session in Bamenda. Next stop, Yaoundé (Cameroonian capital). Cameroon's amputee soccer team improves. Good job guys. Follow us to know more about our amputee football in Cameroon / Africa. No one stays outside.
“The training is going well, but in very difficult conditions, we have no stadium. We don't have a team – only three balls, ”defender François Dim Baring told CRTV on September 13.
Arriving in Angola is more than just a match. It is about expanding the visibility and rights of people with disabilities. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the “leave no one behind” guideline created global momentum to ensure that people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of life without discrimination.
On Twitter, user Njobati Sylvie celebrates the Cameroon team:
#leavenoonebehind is coming to a reality as the amputees National football club comes to live in Cameroon. Social inclusion is very important in reducing inequalities # SDG10. #camputeefootballteam # sdgs4all. I am glad to be a part of this positive development. pic.twitter.com/pZZIYgJdK4
– Njobati Sylvie (Sysy) (@njobatisylvie) June 4, 2019
Leaving no one behind becomes a reality while the amputee soccer team's club comes to live in Cameroon. Social inclusion is very important to reduce inequalities in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. I am glad to be part of this positive development.
Although Angola won the 2018 Amputee World Cup in Mexico 2018, many African countries struggle for disabled people to have resources. The amputee team from Nigeria launched a collective collaboration campaign in 2018 to participate in the World Cup, but it was left out in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
– Amputee Football Cameroon (@AmputeeCameroon) June 2, 2019