Spikers spiked: Fail to secure funds for qualifiers

Author: Kwame Larweh
The Black Spikers: no longer candidates for Tokyo 2020

Weeks after declaring his ministry’s support for the Black Spikers in their bid to qualify for Tokyo 2020, the Youth and Sports Ministry has failed to purchase tickets for the national team to participate in the Olympic qualifiers in Egypt which started three days ago at the Cairo National Stadium in Cairo, Egypt.

“My brother, we couldn’t go for the qualifiers, we had secured visas only to be told at the last minute by the ministry that they don’t have money to purchase tickets for us,” a dejected Edem Dotse, the Treasurer of the Ghana Volleyball Association(GVA), told the Graphic Sports Online in an interview in Accra on Wednesday.

The national volleyball team, Black Spikerswere expected to depart Accra 10 days ago for Cairo, Egypt, to participate in the CAVB Tokyo men’s volleyball qualification match where they were expected to face Tunisia on January 7 in their opening game at 5:00 p.m (GMT) in their first Pool A match.

The qualification tournament, which is taking place in Cairo, Egypt, commenced on January 6 and climax on January 12 at the Cairo National Stadium and comprises five participating countries namely host Egypt, Algeria, Cameroun, Ghana and Tunisia.

However, with their inability to travel to participate in the qualifiers, chances are very bleak for the Spikers with respect to qualifications for Tokyo 2020.
Mr Dotse noted that the players appeared very disappointed and has lost hope in the country.