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Courage on crutches | Amputee footballers and the Gospels
Posted By John Turnbull On 29 November 2005 @ 12:43 In Africa,Regions | No Comments
Freetown, Sierra Leone | A group of amputee footballers sing of brotherhood, drawing words from the Gospel of Matthew, in a report compiled by Ken Shulman for WBUR of Boston’s Only a Game. The Single-Leg Amputee Soccer Club practices on Aberdeen beach in Freetown , attracting onlookers. Several teams of amputees exist throughout the country, a legacy of civil war. SLASC goalkeeper Jabatih Mambu tells Shulman of losing a hand at 14 to axe-wielding fighters looking for recruits. “I removed my student ID card and showed it to the man. He was annoyed, and he said, ‘Well, I’m now going to chop off your right hand, because you use it to write.’ ” A midfielder for the team notes that amputee soccer is still physical. Players at a recent world championship in Brazil, he says, would deliberately knock crutches out from under players to gain an advantage.
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