FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas team captain Daniel Hernandez delivered cleats, training kits, goalkeeper gloves and the official match jerseys that the Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team will wear during the World Cup of Amputee Soccer to the team at Pizza Hut Park Wednesday.
“We really appreciate FC Dallas hosting these people here,” Sierra Leone Amputee Soccer Association President Fuday Dumbuya said. “FC Dallas has given this team a lot of encouragement. It gives us great joy to be here in Dallas.”
Dumbuya, who currently lives in Houston, is a former captain of the Sierra Leone Amputee Soccer Team. Upon hearing about the formation of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team, Dumbuya took it upon himself to meet up with the squad at Pizza Hut Park to help the Haitians prepare for the upcoming World Cup of Amputee Soccer. The World Cup is being held in Crespo, Argentina beginning Saturday, Oct. 16.
“I’ve had experience in a world championship but this is Haiti’s first time, so I came to give them some skills and work on what they need to do in the competition,” Dumbuya said.
Dumbuya’s ultimate goal is to create a Texas-based amputee soccer league in which he can compete.
“I want to encourage amputees and the disabled to come together in Texas or as a country as a whole and participate in amputee soccer,” Dumbuya said. “It really helps people with disabilities to rejoin society. I encourage all amputees to go to the website www.ampsoccer.org and help us build the sport in Texas so that we all can compete – Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin. That is our dream.”
The Haitian Men’s Amputee Soccer Team departs for Argentina Thursday evening. The team is still in need of donations to support the transport of the Haitian Amputee Soccer Team. People and organizations wishing to contribute to the cause can make donations here or by calling (214) 674-6196. Media wishing to speak to Haitian Amputee Soccer Team officials are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.