Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Standard, GHA secretary general Haruna Cham said much depends on how much support his association gets from the various authorities such as the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
“We also plan to stage an international championship to mark the Gambia’s golden jubilee next year to prepare us to be possible hosts of the Zone 2,” he said.
The Gambian team returned from Mali recently where it came out fifth in this year’s Zone 2 championship with Mr Cham himself appointed commissioner for communications for the zone.
“Handball was dormant in The Gambia but we shall do our best to popularise the game and the response and appreciation of the people have been good and the exposure gained from our participation in international competitions have also helped motivate our national team players,” he said.
However, the GHA’s plans to invite a female handball team from Guinea have run into difficulties. Mr Cham told Afri Radio that the GHA had consulted the Ministry of Health and other authorities for advice on the visit of Guinean team given the outbreak of Ebola in that country. However, many listeners to the programme have reacted by urging the GHA to cancel any plans to invite a sports team from Guinea for safety reasons.]]>