Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has lauded Nigeria’s Special Eagles at the just-concluded African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).
Nigeria settled for Silver at the 2019 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) after a 2-0 loss to hosts and world champions Angola in the final on Friday.
Angola had forced the Special Eagles to a 2-2 draw when both sides clashed in the group stage but with the trophy at stake and overwhelming support from the stands, the hosts put in a display worthy of world champions to clinch a maiden title and leave Nigeria still in search of a first triumph in the competition.
Not that second place is anything to be sniffed at for Nigeria’s amputee football team considering the obstacles they’d had to overcome just to be able to participate in the competition.
For a team and a federation that have had funding problems since their inception and had been forced to miss previous CANAFs since 2013, earning up spot is indeed something to celebrate.
The Minister Tweeted on Sunday morning: “This blessed morning let me celebrate the Nigeria Special Eagles who won silver in the Amputee Africa Nations Cup hosted by Angola. I congratulate them and Nigeria is proud of them. There is indeed ability in disability.”