November 24, 2021

The Gambian Amputee Football Team are off the the Cup of Nations!

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For the first time in history, the Gambian Amputee Football Team (GAFT) are competing in an international tournament and we couldn’t be prouder.

The Cup of African Nations in Amputee Football (CANAF) is a biennial competition for African amputee footballers, aimed at expanding the visibility and rights of people with disabilities. The tournament is also used as a World Cup qualifier, meaning if the lads reach the semi finals they will head to Turkey in 2022, for the Amputee Football World Cup.

This year CANAF will run from November 26th to December 5th and our boys are already on their way to Tanzania.

Working through the Gambian National Paralympic Committee this is the first time an amputee football team will represent The Gambia in an international event. The trip has been supported by Legs4Africa, the Gambian Ministry of Youth and Sports, Real de Banjul FC and other private donors. The technical team includes Bob Jabbie, an employee of Legs4Africa, and the team’s manager.

The Gambia have been drawn in Group C, alongside Liberia, Ethiopia and Cameroon.

Their first game takes place at 10AM Tanzania time or 7AM UK time on Saturday November 27th.

Liberia have won the tournament three times, but Angola are the current champions after defeating Nigeria 2-0 in the 2019 Final.

To keep up to date with how the team are getting on follow our social media pages @Legs4Africa or head to The Federation of African Amputee Football Facebook page

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