The Nigeria amputee football team has resorted to setting up a crowd-funding campaign to raise the necessary finances to reach the upcoming World Cup in Mexico.
The team, known as the Special Eagles, has missed the last three editions of the tournament due to financial issues.
Paralympian Michael Ishiguzo who plays for Arsenal Amputee FC has set up a GoFundMe to raise the money needed to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics whilst attending the event which kicks off on the 24th of October 2018.
So far, since the campaign launched on October 1st they have been able to raise a total of £130, which is nowhere near a third of what they need.
‘These guys have worked so hard and several times they have missed going to the World Cup because it appears the government, the corporate community don’t care about them,’ Ishiguzo told BBC Sport.
‘I feel their pains. They have no support whatsoever.
‘They contribute their own funds to keep the sport, the team and their dream alive while also working hard to fend for themselves and their families.
‘Going to the World Cup is a big deal for them because it will bring them to the global place where there are opportunities like I have.’
The team is hoping to raise the necessary funds to cover flights, upkeep and other logistics while attending the World Cup which kicks off on 24 October in San Juan de los Lagos, Mexico.