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Liberia Amputee Soccer Team Struggles in the United States

14 Sep 2015
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Liberia Amputee Soccer Team Struggles in the United States

 
Liberian amputees in front of their home in Washington, D.C.
Liberian amputees in front of their home in Washington, D.C.
 
 
James Butty

There’s a controversy brewing in Washington about the Liberia amputee soccer team that came to the United States over a month ago. It appears the three-time African Nation Tournament champions are stranded, and some say their current situation is their own making.

According to members of the team (15 in all), they had been invited by the United States Amputees Football Federation to take part in an international friendly match that was supposed to be held in the state of Maryland in early August this year. But before they could leave Liberia, the tournament had been canceled.

Still, the team decided to come to the United States but without proper arrangements in terms of accommodation. Now it appears they are having a tough time in terms of meeting their basic daily needs.

Rough conditions in Liberia

Cooper Melvin Goteh, president of the Liberia Amputee Soccer Association, told VOA the team came to the United States despite the cancelation of their tournament to explain to the world the deplorable conditions under which they live in Liberia. 

He said Liberian amputees lack decent housing, education, and food and many have turned to panhandling in front of hotels. Goteh said the team came to the United States despite their tournament being canceled to appeal for assistance.

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