Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday presented the Kenya national amputee football team with jerseys, balls, and some cash before flagging them off to Dar Esalaam, where they will be representing Kenya.
Though Sonko did not specify how much he gave the team, they had earlier requested for Sh600,000 to cater for transport and uniform.
The Kenya National Amputee team has previously had to seek support from well-wishers to finance their trips, transport, and allowances. Last year, the team camped at the Ministry of Sports so as to demand their Sh2 million allowances.
Despite this, the team’s coach, Willis Odhiambo, is confident that they will still do exemplary well in Dar es Salaam, Mediamax reported. This is because Kenya’s team is the most experienced as they have previously participated in the Amputee Football World Cup in 2014 and 2018 in Mexico.
In the 2018 World Cup, they emerged 12th in the world and second in Africa after Angola.
The national football amputees’ team has been training for the Cup of the Confederation of East and Central Africa Amputee Football (CECAAF) for the past one month at the Parklands Sports Club.
The Kenyan team will be competing against Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The CECAAF tournament will begin on June 22 and run all the way to June 30, 2019. Each participating country is set to bring along 15 players, five officials and one referee.