Inadequate Funding Affects Basketball Season Closure

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Liberia Basketball Association president, Rufus Anderson has said that inadequate funding is responsible for his administration to conclude the 2013 basketball season.

He said the closure of the basketball season should have been held last October.

Mr. Anderson told the Daily Observer yesterday that the formal closing program for the 2013 LBA League season will now be held the last week of February, with the opening of the 2014 League in early March.

He said an amount of US$40,000 has finally been approved and allotted for payment by the Government of Liberia as part of their first phase’s portion and the LBA is expected to receive the check soon.

“The money will be used to purchase trophies and medals for the champions in both the male and female categories and also print certificates and do the closing programs, amongst others,” he said.

Oilers won the 2013 championship title, having won it the previous two years. Secretary General D. Allen Goodridge said pre-registration information has been sent to all clubs, for the 2014 basketball season.

Meanwhile, presidents of basketball team members of the LBA said last week at the end of a meeting held in Monrovia that the delay of the 2014 league would push the opening to March, when the rains are in full swing.

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