Black Challenge start camping today

BY: Peter Sarbah
A line-up of some players of the Black Challenge

Coach of the national amputee team, Stephen Richard Obeng, has handed invitation to 31 players to start a non-residential camping at the Wembley Park at Kotobabi today (Thursday).

Among them are nine foreign-based players who ply their trade in Turkey and expected to constitute the Black Challenge team as they prepare towards the upcoming three-nation tournament against England and Poland.

Ghana's amputee team has been invited by their England counterparts to play in a friendly game at the Reaseheath College Park, Cheshire between 29th and 31st of July, 2022.

This will be followed by another training tour to France and Belgium after which the reigning Africa champions are also expected to play their counterparts from the United States in September.

The tri-nation tournament is a new tournament designed by the English Amputee Football Association to prepare players ahead of the amputee World Cup in Turkey later in the year.

President of the Africa Paralympic Committee (APC) Samson Deen, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that the tournament was important as it would sharpen the skills of the players who are preparing for the World Cup and also offer them the needed exposure.

He disclosed that the team would further be pruned to 23 players who would travel to the UK and then prepare for the World Cup in Turkey. ''We shall give a maximum of 23 players the opportunity as the final team to prepare till we get to the World Cup'', he noted.

Mr Deen said the country had now been given a greenlight to participate in the World Cup after they were earlier expelled by the organisers until  they resolved a dispute over who had the right to organise amputee football in the country.

''I can confirm to you that the commercial high court has given the government the greenlight to bring back amputee football and make sure Ghana presents the requirements to the world body and participate in the World Cup'', he said.