Ghana’s Ministry of Youth and Sports have done very little to acquaint themselves to the West African country’s physically challenged community by refusing to fund the National Male Wheelchair Basketball Team’s trip to South Africa.
The Black Chariots were set to participate in this year’s African qualifiers for the 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Cup due to be held in Germany. The continental qualifiers take place in South Africa from November 17-28.
Needing $11,000 to fund the trip, Ghana’s Sports Ministry requested the team withdraws from the competition due to acute shortage of funds.
However, the Ministry doled out $84,000 to the National Under 17 Male Football Team following their participation in the juvenile World Cup in India where the team exited at the quarter final stage.
Each player from the Black Starlets has received $4000 in outstanding bonuses to reward their efforts in Asia recently.
After failing to raise the money through their efforts, Ghana’s Wheelchair Basketball Federation got confirmation from the world body that Kenya has replaced Ghana in the qualifiers and are due to pay $10,000 as penalty.
By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter
It will always be like this if our “leaders” in basketball don’t stand up for the “lovers” of the discipline. It’s just sad.
Aaawww Ghana sports. Am not surprised. If a simple article (news) on Ghana’s participation in the recent FIBA3x3 African tournament was not published I am not surprised about this. Football is NOT the only sport and our basketball “seniors” better start fighting for the future of basketball for the young ones.