Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah.
Ghana Federation President Max Vardon.
West African duo Ghana and Nigeria were missing from teams introduced at the opening ceremony at the African Wheelchair Basketball Qualifiers.

The qualifiers was officially opened on Saturday November 17 in Durban, South Africa with eight teams set to battle for the continent’s sole spot at next year’s World Cup.

The 2018 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Cup will be played in Germany but neither Ghana nor Nigeria will be present after filing to honor the competition.

Both sealed qualification to competition in the tournament due to end on November 28 but could not fly out to South Africa due to financial challenges.

Ghana’s Black Chariots and Nigeria’s Rolling Eagles have been handed raw deals with able bodied teams benefit from huge government cash support recently.

The Sports Ministry in Ghana handed out $4000 to each member of the country’s Under 17 Football Team after the Black Starlets exited the Juvenile World Cup in India at the quarter final stage.

The likes of Kenya have since replaced Ghana on the roster and stand the chance to represent Africa at the world stage.

Kenya will battle against the likes of Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Angola and host nation South Africa in the eleven day tournament.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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