16 July 2016
The Nigeria Deaf Football Association (NDFA) says it will begin preparations with friendly matches as part of the build-up to a good outing at the qualifiers for the 2017 Deaflympics
The NDFA Technical Director, Banjo Kamiludeen, said on Saturday in Lagos that the association would need financial assistance from fans and corporate organisations for the preparation.
“Early preparation is important and this is the reason we have proposed to engage members of the national team in friendly matches with state teams to keep them in form.
“We need financial assistance from individuals and corporate bodies to travel to some states because the footballers are not financially alright to embark on the trips,’’ he said.
Kamiludeen said that the friendly games were open to deaf footballers and would be used to assess the national players’ form.
He added that “it will provide a good platform for state team footballers to exhibit their skills.’’
He said that any footballer identified to have exceptional skills during the friendly encounters would be considered when inviting players to the national camp for the qualifiers.
The coach noted that such adequate preparation would put the national footballers in shape to excel in the qualifiers and pick a slot for the Deaflympics in Turkey in 2017.
“We are doing everything possible to make sure that we succeeded at every stage starting from the qualifiers to the Games proper next year,’’ he said.
According to him, the qualifiers to be organised by the Confederation of Africa Deaf Football (CADF) will hold in the last quarter of 2016, adding that the date and venue have yet to be decided.
The national deaf team had its first appearance in the Deaflympic Games in 2013 in Bulgaria where they crashed out at the group stage.