Ghana to participate in Roll Ball World Cup

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Mr Gameli Kportefe (left) and the players during one of their training sessions

Athletes of the Ghana Roll Ball Federation are bracing themselves for the upcoming Roll Ball World Cup scheduled for Chennai, India at the Integral Coach Factory Indoor Stadium, from Friday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 20.

The Ghanaians, who have been training at the handball court of the University of Ghana Athletics Oval since the beginning of October, will be making their first appearance at the tournament this year.

The biennial competition, which is in its fifth edition, will see 40 participating countries worldwide, including 15 from Africa, compete for laurels. Ghana will present 12 athletes made up of six on the field and the remaining athletes as reserves.

Last Saturday, the president of the federation, Johnson Gameli Kportefe in an interview said their vision was to help the players make meaning of their lives through sports.

“Roll Ball World Cup started about five years ago but this will be our first appearance and we really want to go far in this competition that is why we come here to train every day,” Mr Kpotefe said.

“If we are able to make an impression at the World Cup, it will confirm the federation’s plans for these boys and we cannot leave everything in the hands of government so I’m appealing to corporate bodies to assist us in a form of sponsorship to lessen the financial burden on us,” he added.

The Roll Ball World Cup commenced in 2011 in Pune, India. Roll Ball is a game played between two teams. Roll Ball is played on roller shoes. Each team consists of 12 players, six on the field and six in reserve. The main objective of the game is to score maximum goals within a stipulated time.