Angola have won the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico, beating Turkey 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out.
The final of the tournament happened on Sunday between Angola and Turkey, and Angola won the match – making them Africa’s first-ever Amputee Football World Cup champions!
The team had finished as runners-up at the last edition. This time they managed to hold Turkey to a goalless draw in the finals, leading to a penalty shootout which ended 5-4 in their favour – thanks to a save by their goalkeeper.
Angola beat Turkey on penalties to win the Amputee World Cup in Mexico on Sunday 👏 pic.twitter.com/Po2fMrEz8z
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 5, 2018
Nigeria and Kenya also represented Africa at the Amputee Football World Cup. Kenya made it through to the knock-out phase for the first time, eventually losing to Russia in the last s16. While Kenya finished as Africa’s second-best team, Nigeria’s Special Eagles, who launched a fundraising campaign to reach the tournament, failed to make the second round, after two defeats and one victory in the group phase.
Liberia and Ghana also qualified to play in Mexico, but withdrew before the start of the tournament after Liberia reportedly failed to secure their visas on time, and Ghana faced financial difficulties. The Angola team had finished as runners-up at the last edition.