Black Challenge Is Broke…Needs $400,000 To Prepare For World Cup

thumb.aspxThe National Amputee team, the Black Challenge needs about $400,000 to participate in the upcoming Amputee World Cup to be hosted by Mexico in November, this year.

President of the National Amputee Football Association (NAFA) Rev. Richard Nii Amartey Adesah disclosed this at the Fiesta Royale Hotel in Accra on Friday.

Apart from the team’s financial predicament, it is heavily faced with a huge kits challenge as the team lack decent and required training kits and equipment.

It has become even more difficult for the team as request to government for support have not attracted any response.

“We lack the appropriate training facilities. We have made this known to the right authorities but we are yet to get a reply from government which happens to be our main sponsors.”

This situation, according to Rev. Adesah, often creates misunderstanding between the playing body and the management with players thinking management is not working efficiently to raise funds.

But as the tournament approaches, there is the need to put in place the right mechanisms to ensure that the requisite funds and resources to guarantee the Black Challenge’s participation in the World Cup are secured, he said.

Rev. Adesah revealed that a consultancy firm has been contracted to help source for corporate sponsorship to augment what government would provide.

He said the association is putting measures in place to make the sport attractive to the corporate world and other individuals.

The consultancy firm, Joatbury Investment Limited headed by Mrs. Vivienne Oberoi, has promised to raise the image of the sport in the country.

She said her outfit was prepared to help the association look for sponsorship to enable them participate at the upcoming tournament.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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