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Brian to captain Scotland

AN Eastriggs man will captain Scotland at the inaugural European Amputee Football Nations League in Fife next month

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By Zac Hannay
Brian to captain Scotland
IN ACTION . . . Brian Murray, right, will lead the Scotland team out in Fife

Brian Murray will lead the team out against the Netherlands, Albania, Azerbaijan, and Kosovo in Group D of the competition which will take place at Dalgety Bay Sport and Leisure Centre.

The Scotland squad, made up of 11 individuals each with a lower or upper limb amputation, will face their international counterparts on October 28 and 29.

The tournament will see ten matches played across two days in an exhilarating tournament that will bring multiple amputee football nations together in the inaugural Nations League competition.

The Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS) was set up in 2017 to create opportunities for those with limb loss to participate in the beautiful game.

The organisation is now a game leader of Scottish Para-Football, the Scottish FA’s governing body for all forms of para-football in Scotland. The Nations League is organised by the European Amputee Football Federation of which AFAS is a member.

Eighteen teams split into four divisions will play in the event. Each division will enjoy a tournament in a different location on a different date. Scotland is a host nation, along with Poland, France, and Belgium.

It is anticipated that hosting the tournament will cost AFAS around £35,000 so the organisation is appealing for sponsorship and financial backing.

Amputee football is well established across the world, with leagues operating in more than 30 countries.

The game is played on crutches with teams of seven-a-side. Those in goals must have an upper limb amputation while those outfield a lower amputation.

Scotland currently play in the Irish Amputee Football league.

Anyone interested in joining the team or sponsoring the upcoming event can get in touch through Facebook – Amputee Football Association Scotland or by contacting [email protected]


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