Ghana’s Amputee team missed out on England tri-nation in July due to UK Visa delays, and may not make it to the September 3 and 4 pre-World Cup friendly against the English Amputee Football Team.
Ghana was scheduled to play England and Poland in pre-World Cup-friendly games between July 29 to 31 at the Reaseheath College Park, Cheshire. Still, for visa processing delays, the team was denied the opportunity.
However, the National Team (Black Challenge) were not at the event because their passports were still at the British High Commission when the competition kicked off.
It has been over seven weeks since the applications were submitted. All attempts made by the governing Agency, Ghana Paralympic Committee and the Ministry of Youth and Sports remain unattended.
Foreign-based players, coaching staff, officials and journalists are left disappointed as they have no idea when their passports will be released, as the new date for a test with the English Amputee Football Team this weekend draws near.
Many of the national amputee team players ply their trade in Turkey. Sadly, they cannot rejoin their respective clubs for pre-season because their passports are still at the British High Commission, having submitted their UK Visa application on July 16, 2022.
England 1-1 Ghana
On March 29, 2011, Asamoah Gyan’s injury-time equaliser deprived England of victory in a highly entertaining friendly against Ghana at Wembley. It is of this same feeling Ghana’s Amputee Team believe the British High Commissioner and the UK Visas and Immigration should make disability sports development and promotion a priority due to the country’s “Home of Football” tag.
Ghana is the champion of Africa after beating Liberia in the Amputee Cup of African Nations final.
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