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Amputee footballers to FG: Pay our allowances

Sarafadeen Olalekan, the Captain, Amputee Soccer Workforce, ‘’Particular Eagles’’, has appealed to the Minister for Youths and Sports activities, Sunday Dare, to make sure the cost of the staff’s allowances.

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Olalekan advised the Newsmen on Tuesday in Lagos that lots of the staff members had been going through loads of monetary challenges due to unpaid allowances.

“Different federations have obtained their allowances however for the Particular Eagles, we’re but to obtain ours earlier than the pandemic lockdown.

“Up until this very second, there has not been something and it’s already a yr plus now that we went to Angola and got here second, life has not been straightforward for many of the amputee footballers.

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“Many of the gamers are out of their houses because of the difficulty of cash they owe their landlords and their sources of creating a residing had been disrupted by the pandemic and protest,” he mentioned.

In keeping with Olalekan, one of many staff members who had simply nationalised as a Nigerian was a part of the nation’s success story “however he at the moment sleeps underneath the bridge.

“We have now a Ghanaian who had simply nationalised to Nigeria, he performed for us until we acquired to the finals however has been discovering life actually tough.

“He was requested to maneuver out of the Nationwide Stadium the place he resides so he needed to begin his life underneath the bridge.

“Through the pandemic, we didn’t obtain any palliative in any respect, and many of the gamers have their very own household that they’re caring for. I hope our plea could be attended to and our allowances are paid,” the amputee participant mentioned.

Austin Ugwu, the Assistant Captain, urged the Federal Authorities to position the amputee staff members on month-to-month allowances.

He added that the allowance would go a great distance in serving to the gamers maintain themselves and keep in form to carry out for the nation.

“I’d recognize it if the federal government can think about us and place us on month-to-month allowances.

“Because the final championship we went for, we’ve not obtained something from the federal government.

“This has affected loads of the gamers, we’re speculated to be in form all the time however with the state of affairs of issues we’re solely working to outlive,” he mentioned.

Ugwu additional mentioned that some gamers had not been in a position to do something due to the allowances that had been but to be paid.

“I’ve a tricycle that’s working, that’s the reason I can maintain myself a bit, however for some others, they don’t have what they’re doing.

“A few of the gamers feed on hand-to-mouth, they don’t have something doing. We aren’t likable our bodies.”

The Appearing Technical Director, Nationwide Amputee Soccer Federation (NAFF), Pius Asaba, mentioned that the federation was but to obtain any funds from the ministry.

He pleaded with the ministry to make sure that the federation will get the funds in order that they may pay the gamers.

“They’ve been promising us that we are going to be paid and I’m conscious that the federation can be doing its greatest to make sure it will get paid.

“The pandemic and protest have paralyze all our actions, we’re speculated to go to a contest in Poland nevertheless it has been postponed, so, for now, we have no idea precisely what is going to occur.

“The federal government has not paid the federation any cash for now together with the participant’s allowance.

“That’s the reason we’re interesting to the federal government to pay for all of our actions and for the laurel we delivered to the nation,’’ he mentioned.

Asaba additionally mentioned that the gamers had been owed from the final championship that was attended to in Angola.

“The federation is helpless now and the amputee staff is performing nicely in Africa however the federation isn’t nicely taken care of’’, he mentioned.

NAN stories that Angola hosted the fifth version of Federation of Africa for Amputee Soccer (FAAF)- organised CANAF event. Seven nations participated within the event held from Oct. 1 to Oct. 12, 2019, in Luanda, the place Nigeria received silver.

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