The technical team of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA) on Saturday selected two teams that will start vigorous preparations for the March 225-30 Zone 3 International Handball Federation (IHF) tournament in Niamey, Niger.
Liberia will participate in the tournament with two teams and before the selections on Saturday, many players were involved in the initial selection process held at the University of Liberia training ground on Capitol Hill, Monrovia.
Liberia will send two teams to Niger. “We have the junior team that represents the national team and the youth team whose players those are born in 2002 and upwards,” Coach Massaley said, which President Mayson Saweler confirmed.
The Liberian delegation, with support from the IHF, was expected to leave by road for Niamey but the LNHA has informed the Liberian government through the Ministry of Youth & Sports to ensure that the delegation travels by air to ensure effective participation.
“We have already informed the Ministry of Youth & Sports and we are hopeful that the government can work things out for the boys to travel by for the tournament,” said LNHA president Mayson Saweler.
The technical team informed the Daily Observer that the two groups will need several handballs and cones for their final preparation. “As you can see we don’t have enough handballs and cones for training and we are hoping that we can get some relief for our smooth preparation,” head coach Phillip Massaley told the Daily Observer.
He said handball is a game in which a player only has three seconds to make a decision with the ball. “It provides the player focus to make a decision,” he said. He said the players love the game and appealed to Liberians to support the teams.
“We also need our fellow Liberians to visit the players and come along with mineral water for them,” he said.