Ghana’s National Male Wheelchair Basketball Team will not compete at the African Championship since the team’s spot had been awarded to Kenya.
The competition is due to commence on November 17 in South Africa and the Black Chariots were expected to feature in the tournament for a place in the 2018 World Cup in Germany.
However, Ghana’s Sports Ministry requested the team withdraw from the competition due to its inability to provide funds to cover the trip. The team needed approximately $11,000 to cover expenses during its stay in the Southern African country.
This is a devastating blow to the team’s efforts over the past year which had the Black Chariots get invited to play in competitions in Nigeria.
Team members were selected for the upcoming tournament from regional teams that competed in the National Unity Games held earlier this year.
Following several delays and appeals from Ghana’s Federation to the international body, the West African country’s spot has been taken over by Kenya.
The Eastern African country gets the chance to compete against the likes of Angola, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Egypt for the continent’s only spot at the World Cup.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter