Deaf Lone Star Prepares for Nations’ Cup in Accra

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As lack of financial support has prevented the Female Lone Star to participate in an international tournament, another national team, the Deaf Lone Star has emerged.

According to the Deaf Football Federation it is to provide opportunity for people who are deaf to play football.

Its president Octavius Vorkpor said that the team if fully supported would ensure that deaf players are given another alternative to enhance their football career.

Mr. Vorkpor asserted that for too long some of their colleagues suffered marginalization in their quest to foster their careers.

Mr. Vorkpor was speaking over the weekend when the organization held a mini football tournament to create awareness and raise fund for their upcoming international competition.

The weekend football fiesta witnessed Paynesville All stars defeating the Deaf football team 4-3 in an entertaining match in the day’s first encounter while the Power House of the Ministry of Youth and sports also crushed the deaf team in the late kick-off to at the Zubah Town sports pitch in Paynesville.

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Yonton, Labour Minister Neto Leigh and other key officials of government, graced the mini football rally.

The Deaf Lone Star is expected to depart Monrovia for Accra, Ghana in June to represent Liberia at the first deaf nation’s Cup.

The tournament which should have been held in the early part of this year was pushed to June while the venue was also changed from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Accra, Ghana.

The Deaf Nation’s Cup will feature sixteen countries that will include Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Liberia.

Vorkpor said USD40, 000 have been budgeted for Deaf Lone Star’s participation to register, lodging and tickets amongst others for the players.

He said Chief Patron President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has given the team USD5, 000 and NPA has provided USD3, 000 to support the campaign.

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