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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Deaf footballers depart for WADFU tournament in Mali


A 24-man contingent of the of Nigeria Deaf Football Association (NDFA) on Sunday departed the country for the West Africa Deaf Football tournament holding in Bamako, Mali.

The one week competition will begin on Monday and end on May 15.

The NDFA National Coach, Banjo Kamiludeen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the contingent made up of 19 players and five officials jetted out aboard Air Côte d’Ivoire from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos.

The Team Leader, Kamiludeen, named some of the officials as Luke Agbabiaka, Secretary of NDFA, Kabiru Umar, Acting Chairman, Emma Audu, and Assistant Coach, Patrick, who is also a tournament referee.

He said that the footballers were confirmed to be medically fit and technically sound to take their place in various stages of the event organised by West Africa Deaf Football Union.

“Every arrangement concerning this trip was successful and it is on that note that we are boarding now so our participation in the event is sure.

“We had our normal camp in Teslim Balogun Stadium, where the players underwent rigorous training and necessary medical fitness test and certified okay before departure.

“The footballers are very happy and in high spirit to face and trash participating teams in this competition because they are experienced and familiar with match technicalities,’’ he said.

NAN reports that the NDFA national team have had five appearances in the tournament which began in 2010 and did not feature in the 2016 tournament for lack of funds.

(The Nation)

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