Nigeria amputee football team lose opening 2018 World Cup opening match

Super Eagles Support Nigerian Amputee Football Team with N6m

Nigeria's amputee football team have lost their opening game to Brazil by 6-0 at the 2018 World Cup in Mexico on Sunday.

The Special Eagles' team will play Russia and El Salvador in their other group matches later this week.

Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, and Angola are the continent's other representatives in Mexico.

The Nigeria amputee football team, who missed the last three World Cups due to a lack of finances, took to crowd-funding earlier this month to help them to travel to compete in this year's tournament.

Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president, Amaju Pinnick, the Super Eagles squad, as well as the Peoples’ Democratic Party’s (PDP)Presidential flag bearer former vice-president Atiku Abubakar, made significant financial contributions to get the squad to the city of San Juan de Los Lagos.

“It's a dream come true for these players to be at the World Cup after over a decade of training, dreaming and hoping,” coordinator of fund-raising, Fred Edoreh, told BBC Sport.

“We thank the NFF president, the Super Eagles, former vice-president Atiku and the general public for their incredible support.”

It has been a tough journey for the team as their bus was involved in an accident en route to the capital Abuja for a visa appointment at the Mexican Embassy two weeks ago.

Super Eagles’ captain John Mikel Obi, who had pledged financial and moral support to the cash-strapped team, provided two flight tickets to the squad still awaiting kits, as promised from his representatives.

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