Didi sees bright fu­ture for para-soc­cer

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @ngob­ua­david

Pres­i­dent of Para-soc­cer Fed­er­a­tion of Nige­ria, Al­haji Mis­bahu Lawan Didi has said the fu­ture of the sport he in­vented is look­ing very bright and en­cour­ag­ing.

Speak­ing to sports jour­nal­ists at this year’s fi­nals of the Na­tional Parasoc­cer tour­na­ment in Abuja, the happy pres­i­dent said with go­ing by the sup­port and at­ten­tion the sport is re­viv­ing, it is bound to go places.

He said the 3rd edi­tion of the tour­na­ment re­ceived tremen­dous sup­port from many quar­ters es­pe­cially the Ro­tarry Club and the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion.

Didi as­sured that the fed­er­a­tion will con­tinue to work as­sid­u­ously to­wards tak­ing the sport be­yond the shores of the coun­try to make it an in­ter­na­tional sport.

He said “From the re­sponse to our needs for this year’s tour­na­ment, I can con­fi­dently say the fu­ture of this sport is very bright and I am re­ally happy about it.

“We re­ceived all the nec­es­sary sup­port to make this a huge suc­cess. Our part­ners Ro­tary Club and the Na­tional Sports Com­mis­sion have all been won­der­ful. MTN also sup­ported us in a very pos­i­tive man­ner.

“Look­ing at all these, I have ev­ery cause to be happy be­cause my dream for the sport is com­ing to pass. We shall con­tinue to strive to­wards mak­ing para-soc­cer an in­ter­na­tional sport. We want to see para-soc­cer fea­ture at the Par­a­lympics”.

Did I also dropped the hint that there are plans by the fed­er­a­tion to in­tro­duce fe­male para-soc­cer.

He said it is a grad­ual process but it will be nice to have the fe­male sur­vivors of po­lio tak­ing part in the sport which has gone a long way in giv­ing mean­ing to the lives of the male ath­letes.

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