Nigeria Amputee Football Federation (NAFF) is calling for sponsorship from philanthropists and corporate bodies toward a successful outing for the country’s athletes at the 2019 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF).

Carol Ngozi, the Head of Marketing and Sponsorship Committee of the federation, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos that preparations had begun for the national amputee team, known as ‘Special Eagles’, to take part in the competition holding in Angola in September.

She said that the call became necessary as the body had set up the marketing and sponsorship committee and saddled it with the responsibility of getting passionate, active individuals, and organisations that would bankroll the programme.

“Our Special Eagles will be taking part in the Amputee Nations Cup come in September and this forthcoming event has given birth to the marketing and sponsorship committee which I happen to head.

“This national team is going to Angola to represent our country, Nigeria, the reason we are soliciting for donors and corporate bodies to identify with us as sponsors and partners.

“The technical committee is doing the needful in their bid to prepare the team for the event holding in September and the visibility of sponsors will fast-track the necessary buildup,” she said.

Ngozi, who is also the NAFF Vice President, said that the committee would be glad to receive positive and prompt feedback from kind-hearted Nigerians both at home and abroad as well as corporate bodies.

She said it was fundamental for the footballers to be in the national camp with proper welfare for them in place as they engaged in friendly matches preparatory to the competition.

“We are ready to accommodate interested sponsors and the floor is open for all forms of support because we need to make adequate preparations and inspire our footballers,” she said.

NAN reports that CANAF is a biennial football tournament organised by the Federation for Africa Amputee Football (FAAF).

The tournament is used to determine the best team in Africa and for the World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) Cup.