The National Amputee Football team of Cameroon may miss out on their very first international tournament in Angola over lack of funding.
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
Footballers with disabilities play on the National Amputee team Football team and the World Amputee Football Federation backs them as a global body for the sport. Seven players compete on each side – a goalkeeper and six outfield players, unlike non-amputee teams of 11 players each.
The fifth Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football, CANAF, will feature hosts Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Togo and Cameroon, but Cameroonians fear they may not see out the event:
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
“We have no source to finance our flights and may not go to represent the country,” Fon Dieudonné, a midfielder and an executive of the Cameroonian team told local media on Monday, September 23.
The Cameroon amputee team was only formed in March last year and needs international participation to get recognized by the World Amputee Football Federation. However, their road to the Angola finals has been daunting.
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
“The training is going well but in very difficult conditions; we don’t have a stadium. We have no equipment – just three balls,” defender François Dim Baring told public media CRTV on September 13.
Making it to Angola is about more than just a game. It's about expanding the visibility and rights of people with disabilities. The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the “leave no one behind” agenda created global momentum to ensure that people with disabilities can participate in all aspects of life without discrimination.
Twitter user Njobati Sylvie celebrates Cameroon's team for this reason:
#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
Despite Angola winning the 2018 Amputee World Cup in Mexico, many African countries struggle to make available resources for the disability sport. Nigeria’s amputee team engaged in crowdfunding last year in order to participate in the World Cup, having sat out the event in 2010, 2012 and 2014.
— Amputee Football Cameroon (@AmputeeCameroon) June 2, 2019