The Nigerian Deaf Football Association (NDFA) says the players are ready to resume camping ahead of the forthcoming 2016 West African Deaf Football Championship in Accra.
The championship is slated to hold between June 24 and July 8.
The Technical Director of the association, Banjo Kamiludeen, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos, explained that the team’s desire for a victorious outing in the championship meant the team needed to prepare early enough.
“We are supposed to start preparation towards that competition again in the early part of June, because we are in five finals.
We won the first three of the championship as triple champions and then the last two because of inadequate preparation we lost in the final.
But this time around we want to go back and pick up the gold medal,” he said.
Kamiludeen added that some Lagos-based players had since reported to the National Stadium for training as part of preparations for the competition.
The director, therefore, called on Nigerians and the government to support the players in their quest for glory at the championship.
He said a successful outing could boost the nation’s ranking in deaf football.
“They (the players) often send messages to me saying, ‘coach what is happening; is our being deaf the reason we are not being encouraged or motivated?'”
NAN reports that no fewer than eight countries, including, Liberia, Ghana, and Nigeria, are expected to participate in the games.