Angola Wins World Amputee Cup

Angola Wins World Amputee Cup

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Angola won the 2018 Amputee Football World Cup in Mexico, beating Turkey 5-4 in a penalty shootout.

The match ended 0-0 after normal time, and the deadlock could not be broken in extra time. The deciding shootout proved just as tense, with both teams scoring from their first four penalties.

Amputee football is played with seven competitors on each team — six outfielders and one goalkeeper. Outfielders each have one leg amputation, and goalkeepers have an arm amputation. Outfielders use forearm crutches and play without artificial limbs.

Angola, which finished as runner-up at the last World Cup, sealed its championship victory, thanks to a winning spot-kick from Henio Guilerme.

Nigeria and Kenya also represented Africa at the competition. Liberia and Ghana, which also qualified to play in Mexico, withdrew before the start of the tournament after Liberia reportedly failed to secure visas on time. Ghana faced financial difficulties.

Angola finished 2018 ranked first out of 22 teams in the world. Kenya was ranked 12th, and Nigeria was ranked 19th.