THE forthcoming 5th Africa Zone Three Volleyball Club Championship slated for the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on May 9 has been deferred.
The postponement was linked to political tension in that country.
Head of Sports Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, ASP Adam Ahmed Mahama, who hinted the Times Sports about the ‘impulsive’ development, disclosed that the competition had now tentatively been fixed for July, this year.
A formidable 40-man contingent consisting of 34 players and six officials of the Police Service had been penciled to leave tomorrow morning.
However, ASP Mohammed said his charges would continue with preparations in spite of the postponement.
“It’s just unfortunate that the tournament had to be put on ice for now, but that should not make us lose our focus.
“We are going to continue with our training regimen as usual in a bid to get our loins firmly sturdy for the herculean task ahead,” he stated.
Sixteen clubs – all featuring both male and female players from eight countries are expected to take part in the contest. They are host Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Benin and Mali.
Ghana’s police women team is the defending zonal champions and will be under intense pressure to defend its silverware.
Demonstrating a moneyed vein of form last year, the police contingent clinched the local volleyball league in both male and female divisions.