•Uasin Gishu Amputee chairman Geoffrey Okoth says they want to register as many players as possible for the national team to the Amputee Football World Cup qualifier
•However, the team lacks enough crutches to enhance their preparations
•The 2022 Amputee Football World Cup will be held in Turkey in October
Ahead of next week's national league-cum-national trials to select the team for the 2022 Amputee Football World Cup qualifiers, Uasin Gishu Amputee chairman Geoffrey Okoth is optimistic his players will make the cut for the event set for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Okoth said the team has intensified their training at the National Youth Service grounds in Eldoret ahead of next weeks trials.
“We train here everyday in preparation for national trials in Nairobi, where the Kenya team will be selected to represent the country in Tanzania for the Cecafa,” Okoth said.
He, however, bemoaned the many challenges they have faced in their preparations, including lack of enough crutches.
“We play using elbow crutches not the shoulder ones and we also lack basics like boots and uniforms. Even the ones you are seeing here, we borrowed them from Bondeni FC, where I am still the chairman of the club,” he said.
The 7-a-side game features a goalkeeper with an upper limb amputation and other six players with lower limb amputation who play on two crutches and without any prosthetics.
Okoth said the sport is gradually growing in Kenya as more persons with disabilities come out to exploit their talent.
“We have strong teams in many areas and here in Uasin Gishu, we are good enough to go. This will be the first time we are taking a team from the region for the trials and as the chairman I want to make sure that this team has quality players and that majority of them qualify and play in the national team,” he said.
Okoth added: "This is good for them. The sport is also their source of income because we have our players who have turned professional and play in Turkey leagues.”
The 2022 Amputee Football World Cup will be held in Turkey in October.