WAFF Suspends AFFA
The WAFF Executive Committee has formally suspended recognition of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa.
AFFA was formed as a Confederation to represent the specific needs of amputee football playing Members in Africa.
WAFF President Rick Hofmann said the suspension was required due to irregularities in AFFAís original application, and due to on-going misrepresentations by the organizationís leadership regarding itís documents of authority.
He emphasized that the suspension is limited to the AFFA itself and has no direct impact on WAFF members-in-good-standing.
But the ruling does mean that WAFF has also withdrawn recognition AFFA sponsored tournaments and events, and that the accomplishments of teams and individuals who participate in such events will not count toward world rankings or individual accomplishment records.
The AFFA leadership has been informed that reinstatement is possible with complete, proper documentation and that WAFF rules and regulations must be acknowledged and adhered to.
El Salvador Names New Leadership for 2014 - 2018
El Salvador has named new directors to lead its amputee football program through the next four years. The new Board of Directors are:
Adolfo Castro Jose Rivas, new leader in El Salvador
Adolfo Castro Jose Rivas, President
Elvin Horacio Hernandez Reyes,
Alberto Garcia Jorge Sosa, Secretary
Reynaldo Omar Rodriguez, Treasurer
Pastor de Jesus Sarvia, Primer Vocal
Jose Tomas Ventura Hernandez,
Theodore M. K. Viwotor - Ghana
2nd VP Masayuki Sugino, Chair of the WAFF Media Relations Committee, and WAFF President Rick Hofmann have announced the appointment of Theodore M.K. Viwotor (Ghana), as Deputy Media Relations Officer.
Media Relations Deputy
Theodore, an experienced journalist and editor, will initially conentrate on helping promote amputee football throughout Africa in both traditional print, radio and television outlets, as well as developing awareness through social media outlets.
He will also work with the media relations officers of WAFF member nations in the development of effective media relations practices and policies.
June 7, Vatican City - Pope Francis met today with members of the Italian Amputee Soccer Team. The team demonstrated the sport for the Pope as part of an event which turned St. Peter's Square into a spots arena for a number of sports including ballet and karate.
The event focused on Italian youth and the place of sports in the church. The Popeís remarks focused on how sports, including amputee soccer, can bring about good in the lives of young people.
Mexican Organizing Committee Launches
The 2014 Amputee Football World Cup Organizing Committee, The State Government of Sinaloa, local companies and other interested parties have launched a nation wide awareness campaign to attract sponsors, the news media and spectators to the 22014 Amputee football World Cup.
World Cup Awareness Campaign
The global championship scheduled to be played November 30 - December 8, 2014, in the City of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Additional information on the campaign will be posed as it becomes available.
Photojournalist Wins Award
by Theodore Viwotor
with Amputee Football Photo
An amputee football photo by renowned photojournalist, Inje Hondebrink of Holland, placed second at a special photo awards contest in Holland on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
The Awards, known as Gelderse Nieuwsfoto Wedstrijd, recognized the impact of the picture taken during the match between the Amputee Football teams of Holland and Germany at Arhem in Holland on February 3, 2013. The match was the first by the Dutch national team.
In all there were 470 pictures from 47 photographers, with six (6) being nominated for the Sports category. Inje Hondebrink placed second among the three awardees.
Inje, who is deeply interested in Amputee Football, fully covered the 1st Paddy Power Cup in Limerick Ireland last August, and the 4th Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) in Nairobi, Kenya in December.
Sinaloa World Cup Team
Culiacan, Sinaloa,Mexico - The Mexican World Cup 2104 Organizing Committee is launching a new web site to provide details on the tournament, hotels and other attractions in the host city.
Launches WC-2014 Web Site
www.worldcupamputeemexico2014.com will be launched in the afternoon of May 6, 2014.
Also, please see and like the World Cup Facebook Page.
England - Ireland Plan Friendly Double
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July 26-27. England and ireland will play two friendly matches at the Lancashire FA, The County Ground, Thurston Road, Leyland. Sponsored by ScanTec Specialist Recruiters.
The Saturday match beguins at 3 PM. The Sunday match begins at Noon.
Poland-Ukraine Friendly June 21
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21 June 2014 - European Friendly - Poland V. Ukraine. The match will be played by the invitation of the City of Suwalki and Oil Transfer Development Company ay 19:00 hrs (local) on Wigler stadium.
July 2014 -
JAFA (the Japan Amputee Football Association) has announced the scheduling of the country's first national amputee football championship.
The "Wakunaga Pharmaceutical presents Copa Amputee tournament will be held on July 8 in the City of Osaka, the second largest city in Japan.