In the dynamic landscape of Ghanaian sports, few stories are as vivid and inspiring as the journey of the Ghana Amputee Football team, popularly known as the Black Challenge.

Their recent achievements are nothing short of extraordinary: securing gold at the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Tanzania, winning gold at the 2023 African Paralympic Games, triumphing again at the 2024 AFCON, and qualifying for the 2026 World Cup in Panama. Yet, their triumphant return home was met with silence and indifference, a stark contrast to the heroes' welcome they deserved.

The Forgotten Champions

The journey of these remarkable athletes has been marked by perseverance and resilience. At the 2023 African Paralympic Games, while their Moroccan counterparts were awarded $10,000 each after coming second, the Ghanaian athletes received no such bonuses despite winning the tournament.

"The African Paralympic Games we played, Morocco were given $10,000 each but here we are, the gold medalists, we have not received our winning bonuses," lamented Coach Richard Obeng in an interview with JoySports.

Undeterred by this lack of recognition, they pushed forward, their spirits undimmed and their resolve unbroken. Their hard-fought victory at the 2024 AFCON is a testament to their dedication, skill, and unyielding determination.

A Silent Homecoming

One might expect that such monumental achievements would be celebrated with fanfare and pride. However, upon their return from the AFCON as champions, the team found no welcoming crowds, no officials to greet them, and no celebration of their historic win.

"We overlooked that and went ahead to win gold again at the 2024 AFCON and qualified for the World Cup but upon our return, nobody was at the airport to receive us," Coach Obeng shared, highlighting the painful reminder of their overlooked status in a country they so proudly represented.

Support Amidst Challenges

Amidst challenges of owed bonuses and per diems, the team has managed to survive thanks to the generosity of some Ghanaians. Notably, Former President of Ghana John Mahama donated $10,000 to support the team for their contributions to the country.

Other significant supporters include Stephen Adom Kyei Duah of Believers Worship Ministry, Twillieum Industrial Company Limited, Ghana Commercial Bank, and Rocksters Roofing System, who have all provided crucial backing for the team.

The Call for Recognition and Support

The plight of the Ghana Amputee Football team underscores a broader issue of neglect faced by athletes with disabilities.

Despite their exceptional accomplishments, these athletes often struggle with inadequate funding, lack of proper facilities, and minimal support from sporting authorities.

Their successes are not just personal victories but national triumphs that should be celebrated and supported by all Ghanaians.

A Plea for Change

It is time for a change. These athletes deserve more than just recognition; they deserve tangible support and respect. Their victories should be celebrated with the same enthusiasm as any other sporting achievement. They should be provided with the resources they need to continue excelling on the international stage.

The Ghanaian government, sporting authorities, and the public must rally behind these heroes. Financial bonuses, improved training facilities, and public celebrations of their achievements are not just rewards but rightful recognitions of their contributions to national pride.


The Ghana Amputee Football team, known as the Black Challenge, embodies the spirit of resilience and determination that defines the best of Ghanaian sports. Their story is one of triumph against the odds, but it is also a sobering reminder of the work that still needs to be done to ensure that all athletes, regardless of their abilities, receive the recognition and support they deserve.

Let us not allow their victories to be overshadowed by neglect. Let us celebrate these unsung heroes and ensure that their future achievements are met with the honor and respect they have so richly earned.

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