Tanzania shines at inaugural tournament of Cup of African Nations for Amputees

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DAR ES SALAAM, Nov. 27 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's Amputee Football team on Saturday beat their Morocco counterparts 2-1 in an inaugural tournament of the Cup of African Nations for Amputees (CANAF).

The match played at the Chinese-built Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam was witnessed by tens of hundreds of football fans, including the Minister for Culture, Arts and Sports, Innocent Bashungwa.

Goals for the Tanzania Amputee Football team called Tembo Warriors were scored by Khalfan Kianga and Juma Kidevu. Tembo means elephant in the local language Swahili.

The continental tournament that has attracted teams from 14 African countries will be used to pick four teams that will represent the African continent in the forthcoming Amputee Football World Cup to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in October 2022.

National amputee football teams participating in the tournament are from Tanzania, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Morocco, Angola, Rwanda, Kenya, Zanzibar, Liberia, Cameroon, Gambia, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt.

Opening the tournament, Bashungwa said the football tournament for amputees was aimed at enabling people with disabilities to put their presence on the global football map.

"This tournament is also proof that people with disabilities can do wonders in sports if they are well facilitated," said Bashungwa. Enditem

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