By Olayinka Elebute And Oluwole Francis
The total sum of N1million has been earmarked as prize money for the first edition of Abuja International Disabled Day Para-soccer championship going on at the Old Parade ground.
President of the Para-soccer Federation of Nigeria PFN, Alhaji Misbhau Didi told. journalist that the first three teams will share the jackpot, but the federation is considering sharing the prize among the 9 teams in attendance to make everybody a winner.
“We want all the participating teams to smile home with something we are working out something to see that there is no winner or no loser situation,” he said.
The President expressed his happiness over the non injury situation the tournament has recorded so far adding that the it has taken a new dimension has Nigeria has been declared a Polio free country by the world body.
“Since the endemic is no longer in our country we have dropped the tag Polio Para-soccer championship. We are happy we have been able to achieve our target in the 8 years of Polio championship, hence there is no need to play the game under Polio in which the Rotary Club of Nigeria had always been our partner,” he added.
Meanwhile, the captain of the winner of the last championship, Kano Pillars, Mr. Murtala Alhassan has said they are ready to come top again and continue with their domination of the sport in the country.
“By the Grace of God we are confident of winning the championship and maintain our unbeaten run since the National Sports Festival in Ogun State in 2006,’’
I am confident that we will do it with the crop of players in our fold like Ortega the highest goal scorer last year and Ibrahim Tera who scored a hattrick in our match against Ajanaku Foundation from Lagos who we beat 3-0 on the opening day,” he explained.
In some matches played on the opening date, FCT defeated Kebbi 7 – 0, Katsina 11-0 while Zamfara defeated Ajanaku 3-1. The semifinals and final will hold at the same venue on Friday.