The Liberia National Handball Association (LINHA) has launched an appeal to Chief Patron of Sports Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to assist the male and female Lone Star handball teams with US$16,000 to represent the country in the upcoming Zone III Handball Competition in Lome, Togo.
The President of LINHA, J. Mason Saweler told the Daily Observer in an interview yesterday that the US$16,000 is aimed to buy jerseys, dressing suits and sneakers for the teams and technical staff to be in uniformity.
He said the money would also include per diems for both teams and the technical staff’s internal transport in Togo as well as support the training sections which has begun since May.
The Liberia’s handball boss said the International Handball Federation (IHF) in collaboration with the Africa Handball Federation (AHF) will underwrite the tickets and accommodation for the teams.
Mr. Saweler also appealed to sports enthusiasts, government officials to include Mr. T. Nelson Williams of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company and the Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA) Madam Matilda Parker as well as Commissioner Binyan Kesselly of the Liberia Maritime Authority.
“We need the red-white-and-blue uniforms, sneakers, and water while training. We also want per diem for them,” Mr. Saweler said. “This is our appeal, we practice at the Sports Commission every Tuesday and Thursday if there is no basketball game, but actually we practice every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.”