The Para-soccer Federation of Nigeria (PFN) says plans are on to host the 7th National Championship in Abuja in October to mark the World Polio Day.
The President of the federation, Misbahu Didi, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that 16 teams from across the country would participate in the 2019 edition of the championship.
Didi listed the state as: Nasarawa, Kano, Kwara, Lagos, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Zamfara, Cross Rivers, Delta.
According to him, People affected with Polio (disable people) are playing Para-soccer game in the country which reduces the number of unemployment and also reduces beggars in the communities.
“This year’s event will be more glamorous and the venue of the event will be attractive to spectators. The competition will showcase the talents of players in the sport.
“The Federal Government is working hard to eradicate Polio in the country, we are now celebrating three years without polio in Nigeria,’’ he said.
He said the federation was partnering with Rotary International Club for support.
Didi called on the Federal Government and Non- Government Organizations to support para-soccer activities.
“The Rotary International club has been supporting our event every year whenever we organised our national championship.
“The last day of the event will celebrate Polio Day to mark the end of the competition,” he said.
NAN reports that the 7th edition of the national championship will hold from Oct. 19 to Oct. 24 in Abuja.
NAN also reports that Oct 24 is World Polio Day established by Rotary International over a decade ago.
The last edition was held in Lagos, Kaduna took first position and Kano second, while Delta took the third place.