Super Eagles captain, John Mikel Obi, has pledged financial and moral support to the country’s cash-strapped amputee football team, but the Special Eagles face a race against time to make it to the World Cup in Mexico.
The Nigerian amputee football team, who have missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances, took to crowd-funding early this month to help them travel to compete in the 2018 tournament.
Both the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, and the Super Eagles squad have made significant financial contributions, but captain John Mikel Obi has now stepped in to assist. Co-ordinator of fund-raising, Fred Edoreh said Mikel’s support will come as a big boost.
Angola, Kenya and Ghana represented Africa at the 2014 Amputee Football World Cup in Culiacán, Mexico. The Angolans finished as runners-up after losing three-one to Russia in the final.