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February 09, 2007

Africa's first amputee cup begins in Sierra Leone

Africa's first amputee soccer cup begins today in Sierra Leone.

In this tournament, the outfield players are missing a leg and the goalkeepers are missing an arm. Many of these players lost their limbs in civil wars.

Five African teams are competing in this tournament. The winning team will advance to the Amputee World Football Championship in Turkey.

Sierra Leone is facing off against Nigeria in the opening match in Freetown. The game is expected to draw thousands of fans.

[BBC]

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Comments

Ask you Congressperson to co-sponsor the Dept of Peace lesislation.

H.R.808

"Title: To establish a Department of Peace and Nonviolence.
Sponsor: Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] (introduced 2/5/2007) Cosponsors (51)"

A tip of the hat to all participants and organizers of this event.

Sorry that its even necessary.

FIFA and other worldwide sports organizations could do worse than to sponsor this event.

This event is impressive in so many ways.

I love the quote from the Sierra Leone coach in the original article who says that two legged-people have failed to put the country on the soccer map, so it's up to his team.

--which is being sponsored by Fifa.--

Oops, missed that. They're already doing it. Good for them.

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