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Sierra Leone: Amputee boy dreams of playing football for Liverpool

0 27.06.2019 Инфо

W/S Santigi playing football, Freetown
C/U Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "I play it because it is the only game that makes me happy."
W/S Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "Since 2008 I began to support Liverpool."
M/S Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "My favourite player in Liverpool is Mohamed Salah."
W/S Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "I score goals because that is the most important thing in a team. It makes my team grow when we score."
M/S Santigi playing football
W/S Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "As they'll see me, lead them to do their own, their best. They are human beings too, so they should not hide from others. They should play. That's all."
W/S Santigi playing football
SOT, Santigi: "I want to be a doctor so that I can treat people like me."
M/S Santigi playing football
SOT, World Hope International representative: "In one of the programmes of World Hope [International], I've worked with kids with disabilities in and around Freetown. Santigi is in our program. And some of the services we were able to provide him is some school fees, school bus, some transport to and from school, and some of the therapy he needs as an amputee."
M/S Santigi playing football
M/S Santigi playing football
SCRIPT
A young amputee from Sierra Leone holds high ambitions of playing for Liverpool in the future.
Santigi, who lives in the capital Freetown, spoke about his disability and his love for the beautiful game before cameras on Wednesday.
The young boy was born with a congenital condition where one leg turned back on itself and the other split into two. As a result he uses his hands as feet to play in matches with friends on the local pitch.
In an interview, Santigi said he played football because it is "the only game that makes me happy." The budding striker also said he enjoyed scoring goals and that his favourite player was Mohamed Salah.
After a video of Santigi went viral, an aid worker at the UK-based Elizabeth's Legacy of Hope charity started raising money towards a Liverpool kit and prothesis support.
A representative from World Hope International, a partner organisation, pledged some of the funds towards improving Santigi's quality of life in the longer term.