Sports News of Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Source: Ghana Beach Soccer (GBS)
Ghana national beach soccer team Black Sharks, have been granted an extension to allow them participate in the Durban 2015 Elite trophy in South Africa.
Ghana have been given until Thursday 26th February to submit their final squad, flight itinerary and other relevant information to tournament organisers of the eight team competition.
Amir Garranah of the Competitions department of Beach Soccer Worldwide in Barcelona Spain, has advised the management of the Black Sharks to at least get the team to the competition next week where they will get some level of assistance.
As it stands, all participating teams are expected to cover their inbound travel expenses and that makes it almost impossible for Ghana to be given any special treatment.
In a new development, it is reported that leading travel and tourism agency African Origin, has been approached by the GBSA to bail out the team.
With no funds reportedly available at the Ministry of Youth & Sports and the GFA, only the direct intervention from Flagstaff house can save the Black Sharks’ trip to South Africa.
With $20,000 dollars promised by CAL Bank which is the entire sponsorship package for one year, the team of 15 players and 5 officials still needs no less than $32,000 dollars to make the trip.
The Minister of Youth & Sports, the Chief Director at the Sports Ministry and the GFA President are all currently in Saudi Arabia on an official state visit.