Three prolific volleyball players of the ELWAK Wings Volleyball team have appealed to the Minister for Gender, Children and Women’s Affairs, Sarah Adjwoa Safo and the chairperson of the Women in Sports Commission of Ghana, Elizabeth Safoa King, to help finance their trip to Burkina Faso to participate in the International Volleyball Tournament (TIV) for slated for May 25 and 30.
They are attacker Grace Dagadu, Janet Barnor and Rahinatu Talata want the two distinguished women to step in and help them secure sponsorship to aid the trip to Ouagadougou.
“We are appealing to these two role models of ours to help us with this trip so that we can make women sports in Ghana, a proud enterprise to venture into,” Grace Dagadu told the GraphicSportsOnline in an interview this afternoon.
The team needs an amount of $30,000 to participate in the competition that involves 20 clubs from ten countries namely Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Niger, Nigeria, Ghana and Burkina-Faso.
EL Wak Wings Volleyball Club is the first civilian volleyball team to win the Greater Accra Regional tournament involving the security services in both men and women categories.
They have embarked on intensive training regimen at the Prisons Sports Complex at Cantonments to be in top shape for them to be more competitive in the tournament.
Beside emerging champions in the Greater Accra competition, they have also won two successive competitions- the Peace and Unity Volleyball Championship held last year and the Greater Accra Top 8 tournament.
Twenty volleyball clubs from ten countries are participating in the competition.
Our dream may remain elusive
Mr Dotse explained that in spite of emerging champions, their quest for participating in the Burkina Faso tournament to prove their worth might remain elusive if they failed to secure $30,000.00 to address their needs.
"We are currently cash-strapped, we need an estimated amount of $30,000 to make it to the competition, this will cater for transportation, accommodation and food,” Mr Dotse explained
Help us hoist Ghana flag in Burkina
“We are going to represent Ghana and hoist our flag in this competition so we are appealing to the incoming minister to support us raise the flag of Ghana very high,” he appealed.
He said participating in the elite tournament would afford them the privilege of acquiring the exposure and experience to boost the confidence of the players for them to fight for higher laurels.
“We are going to play our hearts out, we are not going to joke, we are going to win in both the men and women categories, this is the most important tournament of our lives,” he gave an assurance.