A team of twelve members from Greatest Goal Ministries USA has just returned from 14 days in Sierra Leone and an incredible vision has been cast for disability football (soccer) in this small nation.
During the spring of this year a group of over 30 amputees decided to break away from (SLASC) the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club, started in 2001. There were many grievances stated in regard to the management of SLASC. The players were ready for another option.
During the past several months, while GGM and your donations assisted the team in transportation costs and the purchase of additional balls and jerseys for playing etc., we challenged the amputees to formulate what a new team or organization would look like.
While in Sierra Leone we had the opportunity to meet with the amputee team as well as representatives from the deaf and polio football teams. Together, a new vision in regard to disabled football in Sierra Leone was created.
Greatest Goal Ministries as the umbrella organization will register a new disability football league, GGM Disability Football League (GGM DFL). Each of the disability groups (amputee, polio and deaf) will become a club within the league. Each club will have their own bylaws governing the administrative part of their club, but the overall GGM Disabilty Football League Constitution will govern all the clubs and will be used to register the league with the Ministry of Social Welfare and with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA). SLFA rules and regulations will govern the league.
Equipment, jerseys, nets etc. will be maintained and distributed through Greatest Goal Ministries Freetown office. Oversight of donated funds will also be coordinated through our main office.
GGM USA will provide the constitution of GGM DFL and the bylaws of the three disability groups once they have all been voted upon, on this GlobalGiving web site.
While we were in Sierra Leone the amputee team challenged the polio team to a football match. An historic game was played as both these groups, with crutches flying put on an absolutely inspirational match. Please take a moment to look at the new photos. Video images will be posted soon.
Life in Sierra Leone is difficult at best, but as a disabled person in the poorest country on earth each and every day is a struggle that very few of us can even begin to imagine. The game of football provides an outlet and a form of stress reduction. During their time on the field the players are not disabled. They are athletes playing the world’s sport. The troubles of life are momentarily forgotten; all effort and thought is confined to the field and a soccer ball.
Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we build a program that can help provide a sports outlet for the disabled of Sierra Leone in Freetown now, and eventually out into the provinces.