The national handball Under 19 team is preparing for the International Handball Federation (IHF) Zone 3 Tournament in Niamey, Niger.
The tournament is set from February 24-March 1.
The one-week tournament will bring teams from Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Togo, host Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and Benin.
According to the Liberia National Handball Association’s (LNHA) technical director, Terry S. Morgan, the Liberian delegation is expected to arrive in Niamey on February 24, the day before the opening of the tournament.
“We will have a 17-member delegation,” he told the Daily Observer yesterday. “There will be 14 players, one head of delegation, a coach and the technical director.”
He said they were thinking about taking a second team, a male team for the tournament but because of inadequate time for preparation, the LNHA decided to take a female team to the tournament.
He said training has already begun at both the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex and UL sports ground.
“The girls are excited about the trip,” Morgan said. “So, they are training well to be able to better represent the country.”
Youth & Sports Minister D. Zeogar Wilson visited the team last week during its training at the SKD Complex and encouraged the girls to show commitment for their undertaking.
LNHA President Mason Saweler told the Daily Observer that he is happy for the level of interaction that Minister Wilson has shown in the team’s preparation to represent the country in Niger.
“Minister Wilson has shown a great deal of commitment to our team and we are thankful for his role in making sure that the girls are excited to represent their country abroad,” Saweler, said.