Liberia’s Youth Volleyball team is expected to leave the country this Friday to participate in a 10-day qualifying round in Durban, South Africa from 27 February – 7 March.
If qualified, Liberia will be represented at the Singapore Olympics in August of this year. Liberia is among six African countries, including Guinea, Ivory Coast, host nation (South Africa) and others.
In an interview with the New Dawn, Karim Nyenneh, General Secretary of the Liberia Volleyball Federation (LVF), described the team as being in high spirit for the qualifier.
According to him, the government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports has provided US$57,000.00(United States Fifty-Seven Thousand Dollars) to facilitate the federation’s participation in the tournament.
He said the amount will cover passport acquisition, travel expenses and allowances for nineteen persons, including players among others. The delegation is made-up thirteen players and six officials.
Those making the trip are, Ministry of Youth and Sports Representative, Derrick Dumbar, Moffie Kanneh, LVF President, Karim Nyanneh Secretary General, Gibson Otis, Nyanneh Head Coach, James Zeong, International Trainer and Wolobah Peters, Referee.
Tommy Otis, Francis Togbor, Frank Seiffah, Ambose Batu Wareh, Trokon T. Taylor, Franklin Lougon, Zarah P.Wilson, Jimmy Gaye-you, as well as Thomas Myers, Richard Kollie, James Mulbah, George K. Cooper and Benedict Kollie are players making up the team.
The Coordinator of Volleyball at the Ministry of Youth and Sports has also disclosed that the team’s trip is being sponsor by Lone Star Cell and George Kailondo through the MYS because of their interest in the youth. He said since 1965, the amount is the highest ever from the ministry.