Amputee football players set sight early preps for 2022 World Cup

08Dec 2021
Joseph Mchekadona
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Amputee football players set sight early preps for 2022 World Cup

​​​​​​​TANZANIA's national amputee football team 'Tembo Warriors' says it plans to start preparations for next year's Amputee Football World Cup which will e hosted y Turkey.

Tanzania's national amputee football team 'Tembo Warriors' player, Frank Nkailo (L), dribbles past the Sierra Leone team's player when they faced off in the quarterfinals of this year's Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) in Dar es Salaam last month. Tanzania won 1-0. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT JUMANNE JUMA

'Tembo Warriors' finished fourth in the just ended Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) which took place in Dar es Salaam.

Peter Sarungi, Tanzania Amputee Football Federation (TAFF) Chairman, said they need to start the preparations in January for the World Cup which will take place in October.

"We finished fourth in the CANAF which we hosted, this is the second time that we are finishing fourth, this is bad for us we need to start preparations early," he said.

He also said TAFF Technical Committee will mid this month meet 'Tembo Warriors' head coach, Salvatory Edward, and his staff to plan the way forward.

The TAFF leader pointed out the federation expects the coach to present a postmortem of the team performance at the CANAF.

"The coach has not submitted to us the postmortem of the team performance at the championship, but we will meet him soon to discuss the way forward," he said.

The last weekend's CANAF clash, which was played to decide third and fourth-placed teams, witnessed Angolans dominated it. 'Tembo Warriors' found the going tough.

Ghana won this year's edition of Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football after beating Liberia 3-2 in the final held at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.