Freetown, SIERRA LEONE – The Single Leg Amputee team from Sierra Leone is set to compete in the upcoming Confederation of African Amputee Football (CANAF) games scheduled to take place in Cairo from April 19 to 28, 2024. The team, consisting of resilient amputee athletes, is part of a larger contingent of 20 countries expected to participate in the 10-day competition, according to Albert Mustapha, the Public Relations Officer of the Single Leg Amputee team.
In preparation for the CANAF games, Mustapha shared that a national competition, featuring six amputee teams from Sierra Leone, will be organized. The competition is slated to take place in Kailahun next month, and following the event, the standout players will be selected to undergo intensive training before entering the camp for the international games.
Mustapha proudly revealed that Sierra Leone was the pioneer in starting the CANAF games in 2007, with Liberia emerging as the inaugural champion. The dedication of the Single Leg Amputee team showcases the country’s commitment to the sport and its athletes.
Peter Oloo, the Secretary-General of the Confederation of African Amputee Football (CAAF), issued a statement addressing all CAAF members, expressing anticipation for the upcoming CANAF games. Oloo confirmed the participation of 20 countries, including Sierra Leone, and urged prompt attention to ensure that each participating nation has received the necessary documentation.
The confirmed countries set to compete in the CANAF games are Gambia, Cameroon, Kenya, Angola, Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Burundi, Ghana, Senegal, Algeria, Zambia, Nigeria, Uganda, Liberia, South Sudan, Benin, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone. Oloo expressed hope that the event will be a resounding success, highlighting the collaborative effort needed to make the CANAF games a memorable and impactful sporting occasion. BT/22/1/2024