The Ghana Volleyball Association (GVA) has inaugurated a nine-member Local Organising Committee (LOC) as Ghana prepares to host the Zone Three Nations Cup tournament from August 2–9 at the Lebanon House in Tudu, Accra.
The LOC, which was inaugurated at the GOC offices in Accra on Thursday, will be chaired by Mr Albert Helegbe, with assistance from Mr Kwadjour Fordjour.
The other members are: Bernard Mornah, Anane Abubakar, Gilbert Osabu, executive member of the Greater Accra Volleyball Association, Alfred Awuku Offei Akuffo, Treasurer of the GVA, Edem Dotse, Vice President of the GVA, George Tettey and Sam Akor.
Addressing the media, the president of the GVA, Mr Paul Atchoe, disclosed that work had already started and therefore tasked the LOC to put in much effort in order to successfully host the competition.
“There isn’t much time left for us so I hope the LOC will hit the ground running. A lot of preparatory work has been done, medals and trophies have been purchased for the competition, so we are putting up this committee for the members to join hands and see to arranging and putting things in place ahead of the tournament,” said Mr Atchoe.
Speaking on behalf of their chairperson, Mr Alfred Offei Awuku Akuffo, who also doubles as the head coach of Ghana National Fire Service team, expressed the desire of the team to help organise the competition and vowed to successfully fulfil their mandate.
“We are honoured to be called upon to assist in organising the upcoming tournament. We promise that the love we have for volleyball will reflect on the work we do. We promise to make time out of our schedules to put things in place for the tournament.
“Even though our chairman is not here, I know that because of the love he has for volleyball, he will make sure that every member in the committee puts in his maximum effort to make sure that Ghana and West Africa accomplish their goals in volleyball,” said Mr Akuffo.
As part of preparations towards the 2023 African Games to be hosted by Ghana, Mr Atchoe revealed that the Ghana Volleyball Under-23 team will feature in the upcoming competition as they seek to groom the next generation ahead of qualifications for the 2023 games.
The competition will feature eight countries from the sub-region namely: Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Benin, and Niger.