Lagos, June 11, 2019 Amuda Yusuf, the Director, Nigeria Deaf Sports Federation (NDSF), on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to approve the hosting right of Nigeria for the 1st Africa Deaf Football Tournament.
Yusuf made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.
He said that the hosting right letter had been received from the Confederation for Africa Deaf Sports (CADS) and sent to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development for approval.
Yusuf said the tournament scheduled to hold in November would serve as qualifiers for the 2020 Deaf Football World Cup, adding that it was a winning host for Nigeria.
He said that the national team known as Deaf Eagles’ participation and top record in the continental tournament earned Nigeria the hosting right.
“We have done the needful by forwarding the hosting right letter of the tournament to the appropriate quarters, being the sports authorities, and we are expecting and appealing for necessary approval.
“It is a great opportunity that has come to us as a country, which requires endorsement without delay, being the reason we are putting up this reminder to the ministry.
“The Deaf Eagles is always a team to look out for in its entire participation in deaf football tournament in the continent and beyond; so we deserve the host.
“We did not solicit for it, but the Confederation considered it as a well-deserved for Nigeria to host; so, it is something that should be accepted wholeheartedly,’’ he said.
Yusuf, also a board member of the Confederation, said prompt approval of the hosting right would enable the NDFA to prepare the Deaf Eagles adequately toward lifting the tournament’s trophy.
“Our target is to get a slot for the World Cup and the Deaf National Team must be in adequate shape toward our `host to win’ mindset,’’ Yusuf added.
The director said that winners and runners-up of the tournament would qualify to represent Africa continent in the 2019 World Cup and Deaflympics Games.
According to him, eight countries from Africa continent are expected to participate in the tournament.
Edited by Olagoke Olatoye