EA amputee football competition scheduled for next month  

16May 2019
Joseph Mchekadona
DAR ES SALAAM
The Guardian
EA amputee football competition scheduled for next month  

TANZANIA will next month host the inaugural Confederation for East and Central Africa Amputee Football (CECAAF) competition in Dar es Salaam, officials from Tanzania Amputee Football Federation (TAFF) disclosed.

A section of amputee football league’s players take part in one of the league’s matches, which took place in Dar es Salaam recently.

Peter Sarungi, who is TAFF President, said the tournament, which will be played for 10 days, will kick off from June 22 and has attracted Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Zanzibar and Mainland Tanzania and a team from West Africa that will compete at an invited guest.

He said the tournament will take place at two venues, Uhuru Stadium and the National Stadium, and noted participating teams will start arriving in the country on June 20.

Sarungi said this is the best opportunity for the country to show to the world that it has inclusive policies which allow people with disabilities to be fully involved in recreation, leisure and sports.

TAFF official appealed to stakeholders, cooperate world, companies and institutions to help the federation financially and materially so that it can successfully host the event.

“This is an honour to the country to host the inaugural CECAAF tournament, four countries have confirmed their participation,” he noted.

“At the tournament we have also received request from Ghana and Nigeria who want to come for the tournament, but we will only invite one team from the West Africa region.”

“This is the best opportunity for the country to show to the world that it has inclusive policies and also it’s the opportunity to show people that Tanzania is ready for sports disabled tourism.”

“Many disabled people are nowadays involved in tourism and in most cases they come with helpers…we thank Kajumulo Sports Company which has promised to provide jerseys to our team.”

Meanwhile, Sarungi said the country’s disabled football national team which is fondly known as Tembo Warriors is expected to enter camp next week under the guidance of head coach Hassan Mustafa.

He said the team enters camp early with a view to improving chances of winning the tournament.

“The Tembo Warriors’ side is made up of players who were selected during our maiden disabled football league, it will enter camp next week,” he noted.

“The aim of early camping is to make sure that the team prepares well and win the championship for the first time, I am confident that with good preparations we can be champions.”