Nigeria's amputee team begs for support to appear at the 2018 World Cup

Nigeria's amputee team begs for support to appear at the 2018 World Cup

- Nigeria's amputee team are currently stranded ahead of the 2018 World Cup

- An Arsenal amputee player has raised an online appeal fund to help them get some money

- But it is not yet clear if they would be able to get the cash needed before the start of the competition

The Nigerian amputee team are now on the verge of missing the 2018 World Cup scheduled to hold in Mexico due to lack of finance and reported snub by the sports ministry.

They were unable to participate in the last three editions of the World Cup due to financial issues, and similar situation could happen to them again this year.

But in an effort to make sure that they appear at the World Cup in Mexico, Michael Ishiguzo who is one of Arsenal's amputee players has set up an online appeal on GoFundMe to raise almost US$68,000.

"These guys have worked so hard and several times they have missed going to the World Cup because it appears the government, the corporate community don't care about them.

"I feel their pains. They have no support whatsoever.

"They contribute their own funds to keep the sport, the team and their dream alive while also working hard to fend for themselves and their families.

"Going to the World Cup is a big deal for them because it will bring them to the global place where there are opportunities like I have,'' Ishiguzo explained according to BBC.

Nigerian amputee team need funds to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event which kicks off on 24 October.

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Previously, had reported how former professional footballer Michael Ck Ishiguzo could have given up on life after a doctor told him in early 1997 that his right leg would be amputated.

However, the Imo state indigene did not give up on his dreams. He broke his leg during a training session with friends while playing for Nigerian lower League side Stationary Stores.

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