Para-athlete football squad thinking big

Players from the national cerebral palsy squad (right) in action during a tourney on Saturday as part of their preparations for the Asean Para Games. - Bernama pic

THE national cerebral palsy (CP) football squad aims to advance to the finals of the 2020 Asean Para Games in the Philippines.

Its team manager, Ahmad Ikram Zakaria said the national team was ready to showcase outstanding performance, despite feeling a little disappointed with the postponement of the Games.

“They did feel a little down over the postponement, but they are okay now. I believe the target is realistic based on their current performance.

“Previously, our team for the 2017 Asean Para Games brought home a bronze medal. I am confident that they will do better this time, ” he said.

The Games, which is the biggest sporting event for South-East Asian para-athletes, was originally scheduled for Jan 18 to 24 but was postponed to March 20 to 28.

Ahmad Ikram said to further ensure that the national team would be at their peak of performance at the Games, a special programme was introduced for them.

“The new programme started last weekend with a seven-a-side football match or a simulation match. It was one of the initiatives taken in our preparations for the Asean Para Games, ” he said. — Bernama

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