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PWDs beat the non-disabled in a football match

By Cissy Apiso

Added 6th December 2018 12:45 PM

The inclusive game left the persons with disabilities walking away with a win, beating the non-disabled person with 1-0.

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The red and blue teams playing during the amputee soccer game organised by Malengo foundation programme to commemorate the International World Day for Persons with Disabilities on December 02, 2018. Photos by Karim Ssozi

The inclusive game left the persons with disabilities walking away with a win, beating the non-disabled person with 1-0.

Even with the cracking sounds from the crutches, as persons with disabilities took on the pitch to show their soccer skills, they pulled off an incredible game, held to mark their day — the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day is celebrated every December 3rd.

Abel Tabuley Mungueconi is an amputee who lost his limb about six years ago in a road accident. He is the National team captain for Uganda Amputee Cranes and is a final year student pursuing Fine art at Kyambogo University.

 
“I loved the match, it was amazing and I feel happy when we are brought to interact with non-disabled persons. I urge persons with disabilities who are out there to come out and embrace what the world has to offer and involve in various activities so as to live a happy life,” narrated Mungueconi.

While speaking at the Malengo charity football match at the Oval in Entebbe, Michelle Omamteker, the founder of Malengo foundation said, “This is the first match we have organised to celebrate persons with disabilities but we promise more of such inclusion activities. All the proceeds collected today will go to buy white canes for the blind.”

 
She added that such events are meant to bring people together.

Lawrence Kitimbo, the president of the Federation of Uganda Amputee Football Association (FUAFA), said such events are very good because they bridge the gap between the person with disabilities and abled persons. Importantly, it emphasizes that disability is not inability.

 
Results of the game

The inclusive game left the persons with disabilities walking away with a win, beating the non-disabled person with 1-0.

For the amputee match, the blue team beat the read team 5-4 in penalties.

 

 ichelle mamteker the executive director alengo foundation and amputees pose for a photo with their rophy after the game Michelle Omamteker, the executive director Malengo foundation and amputees pose for a photo with their Trophy after the game

 

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