Sports Ministry blamed for failure of handball teams

The national male and female handball team’s hopes of qualifying for the All African Games (AAG) were dashed as they failed to succeed at the qualifiers in Niger last week.

Both teams were hopeful of making it to the Congo Brazzaville multi-sports fiesta but their late arrival in Niger affected their performance.

Ghana was placed in group B with Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire in the ladies category while the men lost against Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire on April 1.

Head coach of the team, George Bankole said, “We arrived in Niamey, 11pm on the day we were expected to play our first match against Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire.

He said the players were exhausted because the team traveled by road to Niger but managed to win their next game which could not guarantee them a place at the AAG come September.

Mr. Bankole blamed the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the team’s late arrival, adding that, the ministry does not have the interest of some disciplines at heart.

He called on the sector minister to take a critical look at other disciplines that could also win laurels for the nation.

At the end of the qualifiers, Nigeria and Burkina Faso qualified in the ladies category while Cote d’Ivoire won in the men’s category.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu

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