The following articles on amputee soccer and amputee athletes have been gathered from both U.S. and international sources.
Return to News Index

Amputee Football Officials
Held Hostage
in Nairobi Hotel

Nairobi, 8 Dec. 2013 - Four officials of Kenya and Nigerian amputee soccer associations are reportedly being held for ransom in a Nairobi hotel -- over a dispute about the bill.

Rather than seeking other avenues of redress, the management of the Sportsview Hotel Kasarani, Nairobi, has apparently resorted to kidnapping.

Six national amputee soccer teams met in Nairobi this week for the 4th Annual Cup of African Nations Amputee Football Tournament (CANAF). Those national teams included amputee sportsmen from Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Charity Kamau, Treasurer of the Kenya Amputee Football Federation (KENAFF), said at the conclusion of the tournament yesterday that she, Ibrahim Wafua, KENAFF Chairman; Peter Oloo, KENAFF Secretary General; and Madam Habiba, Vice President of the Amputee Football Federation of Africa and a Nigerian national; are being held for a balance due ransom by the hotel.

The overdue bill was caused by a last-minute back-out by a primary sponsor, and the failure of the African Amputee Football Federation to provide promised support to the CANAF tournament.

Ms. Kamau said the four had been forced to sleep in their car with no access to food or water. "We are starving for amputee football," she said.

Ms. Kamau added that hotel security has been ordered to detain them by Margaret Njenga, Marketing, Sportsview Hotel Kasarani, Nairobi; and that they had been held there since yesterday evening.

At one time the Nigerian and Sierra Leonese national amputee football teams were also locked in the hotel.

On one-on-one conversations with hotel management the hotel said it was unwilling to bill the KENAFF, nor would it consider advertising promotion by the KENAFF and the World Amputee Football Federation, as a means of resolving the stalemate.

The hotel, however, was adamant about receiving the total bull due - for housing all of the CANAF team members - before releasing the four soccer officials.

Kenyan government officials could not be reached for comment about the apparently unlawful detention as the country is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its independence.