by Theodore Viwotor
Haitian President, Cabinet Members Play in Fundraising Match for Haiti World Cup Team
The people of Haiti witnessed one the most surprising events in their lives when their President and his cabinet laced their boots to play football - with amputees.
The President of Haiti, H.E. Michel Martelly (center, above) and his Cabinet shocked Haitians when their team, known as the 'Presidency Team' played a special match against the National Amputee Football Team of Haiti as part of activities to raise funds for the team's participation in the World Cup in Mexico and to promote inclusiveness for Persons With Disability (PWD).
The match was witnessed by many fans from across the country, to whom the scores never mattered as much as the beauty of seeing the first Gentleman of the land joining the amputees on the field.
Though this is not the first time the team has played with high ranking personalities, this match stands out as the most remarkable in the history of Amputee Football in the country.
The Haitian Amputee Football Association (AHFA) has in the past organized matches against the National Police Department and the US Embassy, among others.
According to Giscard Ciney, Administrator of AHFA, the objective of the match is to break the barrier of discrimination and to let the President and people of Haiti see the good works of PWDs.
Earlier this year Pope Francis met members of the Italian Amputee Soccer Team. The team demonstrated the sport for the Pope as part of an event which focused on Italian youth and the place of sports in the church.
by Bockarie, Salonetimespress.com
Sierra Leone Amputee Football Donates Food And Sensitizes Players On Ebola Outbreak
The executive of the Amputee Football Club in Sierra Leone on Monday 1st September 2014 donated 100 bags of rice and 25 five gallons containers of cooking oil to amputee players in Sierra Leone at their headquarters office, Freetown.
Talking to the media during the donation the PRO of the amputee team, Albert Mustapha said they thought it fit to do the donation because their members are disabled.
Besides the food donation, the PRO said even though no amputee has been reported contacting the Ebola disease they also want to join hands to sensitize each and everyone how to protect them from getting in contact with the killer disease.
He went on that before formation of the club most of their members were beggars on the street and they don't them to return to the street. He went on that the situation is getting worse every day letting the price of food commodities escalate.
The food he said will be distributed to all the amputee players nationwide but appealed to the government and business houses to help them in their effort to feed the disable as they too are Sierra Leoneans. The PRO said they have asked the consent of the security to allow them get the food items in the quarantine areas in the Kenema and Kailahun districts.
The WAFF Executive Committee has formally suspended recognition of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa.
WAFF Suspends AFFA
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.
AFFA Reconstruction Summit Scheduled for Late October in
Prospective Member Tanzania will host a meeting of Afican Nation delegates for the purpose of revising and approving a Constitution for the Amputee Football Federation of Africa. The meeting is scheduled for Oct 25 and 26.
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