Sani Boubakar of Niger (above) prays and Richard Arthur Opentil of Ghana savors victory after Niger's team lost to Ghana's Black Challenge, which Opentil captains, at last week's 2011 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football tournament in Ghana. Angola, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone also fielded teams, and Liberia won the cup. The competitions help players not only overcome their disabilities but also move beyond turbulence in their nations. (Clair MacDougall/Special to The Washington Times)

Sani Boubakar of Niger (above) prays and Richard Arthur Opentil of Ghana savors victory after Niger's team lost to Ghana's Black Challenge, which Opentil captains, at last week's 2011 Cup of African Nations for Amputee Football tournament in Ghana. Angola, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone also fielded teams, and Liberia won the cup. The competitions help players not only overcome their disabilities but also move beyond turbulence in their nations. (Clair MacDougall/Special to The Washington Times)