The Nigeria Walking Football Soccer Team would on Friday depart for Kigali for a two-match international friendly match against their Rwandan counterparts as part of their preparations for next year’s Walking Football Nations Cup to be held in Manchester, England.
Walking Football is reportedly a slower paced version of the beautiful game and it was originally designed to help get over 50’s back into football and increase physical activity through rekindling players’ love for the game.
Now in its formative years in Nigeria under Waka Football Association(WFA) , Nigeria Walking Football Team would be accompanied to the tour of Kigali by the interim Chairman of Walking Football In Nigeria, Godson Uti while
Chairman of Imo State Football Association and Presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2022 NFF Elections, Mazi Amanze Uchegbulam, is expected to lead the team for the international friendly to be played on September 17th and 18th .
“ Nigeria and Rwanda are two of African countries that will feature at next Walking Football World Cup to be held in Manchester in the summer of 2023,” Uchegbulam said.
“ Of course, the team is made up of old football enthusiasts and former players but we are not taking anything to chance as we are preparing well for the World Cup and going to Rwanda would show our readiness for the assignment.”
Under the auspices of the Federation of International Walking Football Associations (FIWFA), there will be a maximum of 32 teams across two age groups of over 50s and over 60s for the delayed Walking Football World Nations Cup in Manchester which was to be held in 2020 but shifted to the summer of 2023.
Apart from Nigeria and Rwanda, five other African national teams including Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Morocco have also confirmed their participation at the Manchester’s Walking Football World Nations Cup.