The national amputee soccer team, the Black Challenge, have received a donation of 30 crutches.

The donation was made by Mr. Andrew Okaikoi, chairman of the National Council on Persons with Disability (NCPD) as part of preparations towards the upcoming Cup of Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) which takes place in Ghana this year.

Mr. Okaikoi, in an address, stated that the donation was to appreciate the team for their performance at the last CANAF competition as well as ease some of the challenges they face.

He added that the donation was also to put the team together as well as encourage them to perform to expectation in the upcoming CANAF competition.

“We are gathered here today to put the team together for their preparations towards this year’s CANAF as well as look at the logistics needed for the team to perform to expectation,” he noted.

On his part, Mr. Francis Adjetey-Sowah, president of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa (AFFA) was grateful for the donation, stressing that the initiative attests to the fact that the efforts of the team has been acknowledged.

He said, “This shows that the effort of the council and the team has been acknowledged”.

He also expressed his appreciation on how society has embraced persons with disability in sports.

"What has elated me the most is that society has begun to appreciate the capabilities of persons with disability in sports and other sectors of the economy,” he said.

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Sports Council, Mr. Worlanyo Agra, said the donation has come early enough in the year to enable the team start their preparation towards the CANAF competition.

“This donation will give the team the go-ahead to start with their preparations towards the Cup of Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) competition come September 2011,” he added.

He later promised that the competition, which is to be held in Ghana, will be well-organized and called on the media to promote it with adequate coverage.

Mr. Francis Adjetey-Sowah was later presented with an award as the NCPD sports personality of the year.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri