Ghana’s preparations for the upcoming Copa Lagos Beach Soccer Invitational appears to have hit a roadblock.
The Ghana Beach Soccer Association (GBSA) is broke following a long season that stretched over eight months.
With a little over two weeks to the tournament, the association’s hopes of a debut at the prestigious Beach Soccer event has turned into a race against time.
When contacted, the protocol officer of the GBSA, Kusi Awere Gyamfi confirmed to Ghana Sports International that plans for camping the national team for a couple of weeks is seriously under threat.
”It is not for want of trying but the truth is that, our annual sponsorship for beach soccer was exhausted back in August after the World Cup break. It is a miracle that we were able to complete the season on such a shoe string budget but now we have to find a way out in the next few days or pull out of this major tournament.”
The consistency and fast rate of progress after three successful league seasons can be attributed to CAL Bank’s sponsorship of Ghs 44,000 (Forty four thousand Ghana Cedis) and Voltic Mineral Water’s logistics support for the twenty teams making up the Championship and Division leagues.
Founding member and current President of the association, Yaw Ampofo Ankrah has confirmed to GSI that, following an executive meeting, several sponsorship proposals have been sent to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana Football Association in addition to Cal Bank seeking support for Copa Lagos.
“Beach Soccer is used to these challenges but as I speak to you now, I can only confirm that the team will receive eight beach soccer balls for preparations from the GFA.”
“Nothing else has been confirmed by any other source and that includes even jerseys that we need for the trip. It sounds hard to believe but that is the bare knuckle truth that we have tried to manage all this while.”
There is still hope for the beach soccer to find a solution after pledges of support were made by GFA President President Kwesi Nyantakyi, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Hon Vincent Oppong Asamoah and Director General of the National Sports Authority, Joe Kpenge.
Meanwhile, CAL Bank is also looking at how to inject more cash in aid of the sport they have helped develop to the current status in such a short time.
The announcement of the squad for Copa Lagos is expected to be made on Saturday, ahead of camping on Sunday, but with no funding yet confirmed, that also looks to be in danger.