30.03.2003 Sports News

Black Spikers off to Burkina

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A 32-MAN contingent made up of 24 players and eight officials of the national men and women volleyball team, the Black spikers, left Accra yesterday in a cosy 51-seater air-conditioned bus for Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, for the Zone Three eliminations of the All-Africa Games, which starts tomorrow.

Players making the trip are (Women): Elizabeth Essel (Captain), Mary Addai, Amamata Yakubu, Vida Ocran, Emelia Addo and Evelyn Fanusah.

Others are Kate Bruce-Tagoe, Sophia Soxiah, Dorothy Boakye, Maame Issah, Halmiatu Bannerman and Angelina Amoh. The men's team is made up of Clement Gbekley (captain), Shamsu Awudu, Wise Adzolxpah and Seidu Baba.

The rest are Alfred Awuku Ofei, Eric Ofori, Evans Lomotey-Tagoe, Enoch Asamoah, William Akakpo and Danladi Abdul-Rahman.

The officers are Mr Emmanuel Amoako, Alhaji Mustapha Gariba, Simon Mensah (Team Manager), Erasmus Adorkor (Head Coach), Justice Adjasoo (Assistant Coach), Ben Tetteh (Assistant), Charles Pamfreh (FIVB referee) and Samuel Gyedu (masseur).

Other zone three countries expected to participate in the 10-day tournament are hosts Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Nigeria, Togo, Benin and Liberia.

In a pre-departure that with the contingent, Mr K. A. Gyarteng, Chief Director of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, urged the players to be worthy ambassadors of the nation and come out with flying colours.

Responding, Mr Emmanuel Amoako, Vice-Chairman of the association pledged the players' readiness to die for the nation, adding that "our dream is not only to qualify for the All-Africa Games, but, more importantly to win medals in the Auga Games". The tournament ends on April 10

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