No fewer than 16 clubs are expected to participate in this year’s National Para-soccer Tournament organised by the Para-Soccer Federation of Nigeria, PFN in conjunction with the Association of Polio Survivors in Nigeria.
Misbahu Lawan-Didi, President, of the federation said in Abuja on Monday that this year’s event would hold at the National stadium Abuja, from October 19 to October 24.
Lawan-Didi said the tournament which would be used to mark the 2015 World Polio Day would be preceded by a one kilometer walk to celebrate the end of polio in the country.
According to him, 20 children will be vaccinated during the tournament by the polio survivours athletes to raise public awareness on the polio eradication efforts.
“This is also an avenue for advocacy campaign on the need for families to accept oral polio vaccination.
“The tournament is a platform to meaningfully rehabilitate and empower polio survivors through sports and to promote para-soccer which is the only disabled sport invented in Nigeria.’’
Lawan-Didi noted that arrangement was in top gear to ensure that this year’s edition surpassed the previous two editions.
He pointed out that team from the North-East including Borno, Bauchi and Adamawa, were set for the tournament in spite of the insecurity situation in the area.
“No more than sixteen clubs will participate and this is to enable us manage them well because of our lean purse.
“Last year we targeted 16 clubs but only 14 clubs finally turned up for the tournament; we expect that we will have the 16 team in attendance this year.
“State like Borno participated in the 2014 edition when the insecurity situation was at its peak in the region.’’
He urged individual and corporate organisations to contribute their quota through sponsorship, to ensure the tournament was a success.
Team Katsina won the 2014 edition, while Team Nasarawa emerged as the runner up.


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