Deaf Football Tournament Set for Feb. 28

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(l-r) Interpretor Franko Kollie, Director of Sports Octavius Vorkpor, President_web.jpg

A one-day tournament in honor of the Liberia’s Deaf National Team has been set for Saturday, February 28, at the Blue Field in the PHP Community, in Monrovia.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports said the tournament is also aimed to cheer and inspire the Deaf National Football Team having been unable to attend an international tournament to be held in Accra, Ghana amongst African Countries.

Assistant Minister for Sports Murvee Gray said the whole-day tournament would bring to the fore three teams.

According to fixture, the football team of the Ministry of Youth and Sports to be led by Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe will lock horns with the Team A of the Deaf National Football Team, while the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, to be led by Minister Amara Konneh will face Team B of the Deaf National Football Team.

Both skippers of the government ministries are players of the oldest old-timer association, Alpha.

“Winners from the two games will play in the final,” Minister Gray said. “We are working on modalities for entertainment and a winner’s prize.”

The President and Coach of the Deaf National Football Team, Madam Jessy N. Jefferson and Charles Jrateh, through an interpreter, vowed to unleash ‘their kind of magical wand’ to win the tourney.

The Deaf National Football Team was founded in 2009, and that same year, whipped their only international match against Sierra Leone at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).

Prior to the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) they were practicing at the Blue Field and are expected to resume this weekend.

According to research, as a sensory impairment, deafness is a hidden ‘disability’. While deaf footballers compete regularly against their hearing peers, they face certain hidden disadvantages, such as not being able to hear instructions during a game when in motion, a referee’s decision or crowd reactions.

Accordingly, there has been no rule adaptations needed to be made from the Laws of the Game as laid down by FIFA.

Therefore, before the match, the match official (s) always ask the deaf player how they would like you to communicate with them — Deaf people use different communication methods, so its import to ask them about their preferred method.

During the match, a brightly coloured flag or bib on the pitch to signify a stoppage in play — the referee assistants’ raise their flags when the whistle is blown, along with getting coaches, team managers and even opposition players to raise their hand when the game stops.

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