Featured image: World Amputee Football Federation (Liberia at 2022 Amputee World Cup).
In case you missed it, The World Amputee Football Federation (WAFF) held its 2022 Amputee World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey from Sept. 30 to Oct. 9. Overall, 24 countries participated including four African nations. Liberia competed in group A along with France, Haiti, and Turkey.
Road to Turkey
Liberia’s amputee football team automatically qualified during the 2021 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football (CANAF) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Although Liberia placed second at CANAF, they sealed their spot to compete at the big game.
Liberia’s final standing
While Liberia did not advance past group A, the Lone Star competed for places 17-24. On the final day of the tournament, Liberia defeated Spain 2 to 1 claiming the 17th place in the amputee world ranking. The remaining African nations Angola, Morocco, and Tanzania placed second, fifth, and seventh respectively. Turkey won the 2022 Amputee World Cup title by defeating Angola 4 to 1.
According to the Liberian Observer, Turkish club Barcilar Amputees Football Club signed Liberian players Darlington Sebeh and Matthew Joe to a one year contract with a potential option to extend.
Congratulations to the team and these two players.
Watch highlights of one of Liberia’s earlier games against France below: