Sierra Leone today begins hosting Africa's first-ever continental football tournament for single-legged amputees.

Teams from Angola, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, will take part in the five-day Amputee African Nations Cup, Albert Mustapha, spokesman for the Single-Legged Amputee Sports Club of Sierra Leone said.

The tournament, which ends on Wednesday, kicks off with Sierra Leone playing against Nigeria.

"The tournament is to bring the entire amputees together and also peace in states affected by wars," said Mustapha of the FIFA-sponsored games.

Most of the players from Angola, Liberia and Sierra Leone are victims of the brutal civil wars in their respective countries in which thousands lost limbs and other body parts to landmines or bullets.

Technical director of the Ghana players, Samuel Aidoo, said the tournament was "long overdue".

Sierra Leone participated at World Cup single-leg tournament in Brazil in 2005, coming third after England and Brazil.