As football maintains its position as the most popular sporting discipline in the world, Disabled International Foundation -Sierra Leone (DIFSIL) and Greatest Goal Ministries (GGM) will, this year, organize the first-ever disabled national football competition in the country in April.
Media Consultant for the first disabled football competition Maddieu Kabbah, said that it is a great venture undertaken by DIFSIL and GGM to come together and think of bringing the disabled around the country, adding that the activity will help them feel that they belong in the society.
He said after the brutal war in the country, there are lots of amputee’s with no hope, but with the talent of playing football and based on that background and passion, the two organizations came together as a way of contributing and promoting their talents.
“To be part of the great tournament has always been my dream, as my own contribution in helping the less fortunate and we are also using the tournament to identify talents for the next Para Olympic Games in Brazil and the Commonwealth Games” he noted.
Because of this, Kabbah said the Organizing Committee for the Disabled national football competition has made provisions for the various teams to invite at least 12 players as a way of displaying their talents.
According to him, it is time the disabled guys start realizing that the nation is looking up to them. “They must go all out to make this tournament a success”.
He said for the past years, a lot of people are coming to take their photos in the name of helping the disabled and at the end of the day, nothing comes out of it. So,they are tired of this and this time around, as media consultant, they will ensure that they realize something out of the competition.
He said with the competition, there is going to be development in terms of disabled soccer sports within the country’s communities.