The Federal Government has applauded the Nigeria’s Men’s Deaf Football Team, also known as the “Deaf Eagles” for representing the country at the just concluded 4th Edition of the World Deaf Football Championships held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, describing their participation as a clear demonstration of patriotism.
The Honourable Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, gave the commendation on Monday in his office at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja when he received the athletes shortly after their return into the country from the tournament, which held from September 23rd to October 7, 2023
He stated that the Team deserves commendation from all Nigerians, not only for hoisting the Nigerian flag for the first time in four editions of the Tournament but also for clinching the 11th position in the world ranking for the game, even though it was its debut participation after three previous editions.
Enoh, who explained that there is no greater demonstration of social inclusiveness in the sector than having the Deaf team travelling to represent the country in an international event of such magnitude, hailed the Team for its hard work and patriotism that has brought pride to the nation.
In his remarks, the President, Deaf Sports Federation, Alhaji Suleiman Dagbo said that the country was represented by only thirteen players but put in their best to come out eleventh in the world, noting however that the walk-over they suffered due to the Team’s late arrival at the Game was one of their major setbacks at the Competition.