Members of the Nigeria Amputee football Team preparing for the Amputees Football World Cup were this evening involved in an auto accident along Lokoja-Abuja Highway but no player was seriously hurt.
The team left Lagos at about 5.30am on Monday for Abuja to enable them keep the visa appointment with the Mexican Embassy fixed for Tuesday, October 16.
The vehicle was said to have skidded into the bush at about 5pm as the journey neared the final stretch to Abuja but luckily did not summersault.
The players couldn’t succeed in pulling out the vehicle but they were helped by some military personnel to secure another vehicle with which they continued their journey at about 7pm.
The Amputees players representative, Goodluck Obieze, who immediately placed a call to Fred Edoreh, Coordinator of their public fundraising for the World Cup, described development as “yet another obstacle surmounted.”
“It was frightening but we thank God we all survived it. Here we are soliciting funds to enable attend the World Cup and then in the process of going for the visa, we find ourselves involved in an accident. But we thank God none of us is hurt. This is yet another obstacle surmounted and we will continue to overcome and get to the World Cup through the support of the public.
“Nothing will deter us and nothing will defeat us. The players are in good spirit with strong mind. We have encountered things like this before when we travelled for seven days by road to attend the Nations Cup in Kenya and eventually ran into Ivorian rebels who initially thought we were enemies and were going to shot at us until they discovered we were amputee footballers. They still seized all our valuables and gave us unripe banana for food. We survived that. We have missed the World Cup three times but it is now looking like we can attend this one because we have hope in the support Nigerians. Roses have thorns and this accident is just one of such but God will lead us through all obstacles.”
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