A 23-man team delegation of basketball giants, LPRC Oilers is expected to leave the country today for Sousse, Tunisia for the FIBA Africa Club Championship finals from Wednesday, December 11 to Saturday, December 21, 2013.
The delegation includes 10 officials and 13 players. The officials are the Secretary General of the Liberia Basketball Association (LBA), D. Allen Goodridge (head of the delegation); Momolu J. Dukuly, Charles Sherman, James Jappah and Edward J. Harris, Head coach Paul Houlsen, Assistant Coach Charles Cummings, team manager Armah Cassell, and statistician Archie Pennoh and Medics William Harris.
The players are Captain Ben Dixon, Assistance Captain Jethro Bing, Samuel ‘Bull Dog’ Davidson and John Bing.
The rest are Aloysius Teah, Clarence Davies, Jr., Glen Nimely, George Pennoh and Moucta Toure, Baimba Manoba, Mohammed Jabateh, Choco Lee and Yamussa Kamara.
According to a source from the Oilers Sports Association (OSA) due to financial constraints, the number of the delegation could not be increased.
The games will be shown live on SuperSport from December 11th – December 21st.
ArcelorMittal Liberia is sponsoring the trip, according to the LPRC because of the historical significance of the team’s accomplishment for basketball in Liberia and the lasting impact on the LPRC Oilers Basketball Team and Liberian youth.
Oilers booked their ticket to the finals when they emerged runners-up to Nigeria’s Kano Pillars, in the just ended FIBA Zone 3 Club Championships qualifiers, for both men and women, held in Monrovia.
This is the first time, since the establishment of basketball in the country in the 1960s, for a Liberian basketball team to qualify for an FIBA Africa Club Championship Finals.