Nigeria crowd-funds for World Cup in Mexico

With just a few weeks until the Amputee World Cup in Mexico the Nigerian team has turned to a crowd-funding campaign to raise the necessary finances.

The Special Eagles have missed the last three editions of the tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2014 due to a lack of money.

Arsenal Amputee FC’s Michael Ishiguzo noticed their plight and the London-based player has set up an online appeal on GoFundMe to raise almost U$$68,000 [£52,401].

They hope to raise the necessary funds to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event which kicks off on 24 October.

A former player of now defunct Stationary Stores of Lagos, Ishiguzo suffered what proved to be a career-ending injury in 1997, had his right leg amputated before turning to Javelin as well as other sports, he then switched back to football.

He currently plays for Arsenal in the community amputee football team playing in the EAFA National league.

Special Eagles captain Emmanuel Ibeawuchi, who suffered auto accident at age 22 leading to the amputation of his right leg, is inspired by Ishiguzo and hopes to fulfil a lifelong ambition after sealing another World Cup qualification.

To help the team, visit their Go Fund Me page here.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Go Fund Me

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