Amputee team determined to represent Gambia in World Cup and others

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The newly established Gambia amputee football team is targeting to represent the country in the Amputee World Cup, African Cup of Nations and Paralympics in the near future.

The team was set up four months ago by Legs4Africa in partnership with The Gambia Amputee Association. 

Team manager Chris Ingram told The Point Sports that they created the team after finding that the amputees want to play football.

Mr. Ingram, who works for Legs4Africa, added that last month they arranged a match with a disability association in Senegal and travelled to Casamance in Binjona where they played against a local team and won 6-1.

He pointed out that the team was very happy and excited, noting that the players are also very passionate about taking the next step of finding other teams to play against and recruiting more amputees within The Gambia who will want to play the sport.

He stated that the biggest dream for the team will be to compete in big international sporting events such as the Amputee Cup of Nations, Paralympics and World Cup. “The players definitely got potentials with top notch skills,” he said, adding that it is great to see the determination, enthusiasm and commitment of the players.

He said that like other sports in the country, they are faced with financial challenge which is why they started very small. He also said raising awareness of people is another challenge.

However, he said they had very helpful people, organisations and federations who are supporting them which, he said is appreciated.

Assistant team manager Bubacarr Jabbie appealed for support in capacity building, finance, technical or any other form that will help them promote and develop the sport in the country.

He stated that disability does not mean inability and therefore urged amputees to never lose hope.  

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb