Lagos Plans to Promote Football for Blind (2008-03-03)
by The Tide News
The Lagos State Special Sports Association has out mapped plans to take football for the blind to great heights in Lagos State in partnership with the “Light Family”, a voluntary organisation, the programme’s Co-ordinator, Yinka Gbadamosi has said.
Gbadamosi told newsmen in Lagos that in partnership with “The Light Family” and in conjunction with the World Federation of Blind Football aims to popularise the game in the state and the country.
Gbadamosi contended that apart from popularising the game they also want to advance the course of the physically challenged in Nigeria.
“The Light Family is championing this publicity drive in conjunction with the World Federation of Blind Football (WFBF) while soliciting the assistance of the Lagos state government,” he added.
Gbadamosi decried the lack of recognition of the blind playing football and the lack of sports programme for the country’s physically challenged.
“Blind football is a game that engages the blind like the sighted and it is highly embraced all over the world but not yet embraced in Nigeria and by Nigerians.
“We are poised to package for the partronage and acceptability of Nigerians alternatives to street begging and destituion by the blind in our society,” Gbadamosi said.
According to him, the rationale for blind football in Nigeria is to reverse soceity’s attitude towards the blind and conforming Nigeria’s football with international world standards.
He said blind football will create a competitive environment and will be a viable commercial venture like regular football for Nigeria.
Fashino Jegede, Secretary of Lagos State Special Sports Association said that machinery to bring football to limelight has been put in place.
“We have acknowledged this novel concept of the Light Family and have started the process of popularising the game.
“My happiness is that the project co-ordinator has first affiliated with us and is showing interest in our assistance,” she said.
Tidesports learnt, that blind football is a seven-man team game played with the use of special audible balls. The field is about the size of a tennis court.