The absence of a national netball league has impacted negatively on the rapid growth of the sport in the country, making it lose its essence on the sporting calendar over the years.
The once competitive league which produced many players for the national team under the auspices of the Netball Association of Ghana (NAG) could not stand the test of time due to lack of funds.
In an interview with the Graphic Sports, the president of NAG, Reverend Emmanuel Nikoi, said plans were far advanced to revamp the league this year across the country.
According to him, the sport was making progress steadily and that with a little financial support, the fortunes of the sport would be bright.
He also called on corporate entities to support the sport with their resources to make it more attractive.
“Although our major challenges as an organisation is funding, we have not reneged on our core duties in making sure that the game is patronised across schools and colleges and the country at large,” he noted.
He reiterated that the association had the expertise, technical knowhow and the players to make things work “but lack of funds has curtailed our policies and programmes, making it difficult for the association to fulfill its aims.”
“Though the support from the Sports Ministry does not come frequently, we are still talking to organisations to come to our aid to sponsor our activities to achieve for the country. We are not looking back,” he stressed.
During the just-ended GUSA Games, 14 new players were recruited into the national team as they prepare to play Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire later in the year.
Rev. Nikoi promised that his outfit would try to lift the sport from its current state to become the fifth best in Africa and also be ranked among the first 10 in the world before the end of his tenure in office.