Amputee footballers call for support
04 February 2013, 12:47
Kenya Amputee Footballers Association (KENAFF) is calling for support from the government and other stakeholders to help develop amputee football in Kenya.
Speaking during a one day tournament organized by KENAFF on Saturday in Nairobi, the association’s treasurer Charity Njoki said their desire is to give the disabled the best life.
“The disabled are always perceived as beggars but we want to enable them have a monthly salary because many of them are hawkers and have families to feed,” said Njoki.
Since its establishment in Kenya by Mehmet Turkes in 2010, KENAFF faces a lot of challenges developing the sport in the country.
Njoki says that apart from financial challenges, gathering the players for training is not an easy task because they have to find survival means thus hampering training.
Through the Turkish founder and head coach, 20 coaches and 20 referees have been trained in a move to develop the sport in Kenya.
“I am urging the government and other stakeholders to come in and support us because we are doing this for Kenya. If we participate in an international event, we will carry the Kenyan flag and sing our national anthem, so they should support us,” Njoki said.
“The game has to be played on artificial grass because the players use crutches but we are unable to afford that at the moment,” said Peter Oloo, the KENAFF’s Secretary General.
According to him, they want to produce the best amputee football team in Africa if not in the world.
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