Its day 3 in the Special Eagles camp and they continue training at the National Stadium, Lagos.
Yesterday, Thursday, the Mexican embassy wrote to confirm their visa process appointment scheduled for next Tuesday, October 16 in Abuja.
The players will therefore temporarily break camp to depart for Abuja on Monday, Oct 15 and return to Lagos on Wednesday October 17.
Sadly, they have to journey by road as the team cannot afford to spend on domestic flights, under the circumstance, to the detriment of saving funds to make up their flight to Mexico, as the funding for their journey will be drawn from donations made so far.
They do not envisage any issues with the issuance of visas as the Mexico 2018 Amputee Football World Cup Local Organising Committee has written to the embassy to confirm the names of the 20 players and officials, and that they will take responsibility for their accommodation and feeding for the duration of their stay at the World Cup.
The visa appointment is therefore mostly for the purpose of sighting them and capturing their biometrics after which the visas will be issued.
The problem however remains gathering the funds to pay for their flight to Mexico and a few other critical logistics.
The ticket alone is about N14m but the later they purchase it, the higher the price might rise. Other requirements are estimated at about N12m. That is about N26m.
The players are not talking about allowances nor bonuses. They just want to be given the opportunity to attend for three main reasons:
To launch themselves into the global Amputee sports circle
To bring hope to other amputees
To avoid the suspension of Nigeria Amputee Football from all international competitions should they fail to attend the Amputee Football World Cup for the 4th time.
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