President of the Sierra Leone Squash Racquet Association, Umaru Kakay has told this medium that they are desperate to compete in the upcoming Commonwealth Games slated for July in Glasgow, Scotland.
He said that the National Olympic Committee of Sierra Leone NOC-SL’s recognition for a place at the 2014 games would mean everything to the sport.
“Even the players understand how much it meant to them.” He said. He reaffirmed that this is the first time in the history of the game, after fifty years since its conception in the country to attend a Commonwealth event.
“It is an essential move, and our players are anxious to face it with great optimism.” He added. However, the Technical Team of the Association has selected three players that are undergoing robust training ahead of their debut in the games. He explained that two out of the three players will be selected to represent the country.
Fayia James, Daddy Kofi and foreign based player, Issa Kamara who plays his professional squash in Turkey, were named in the team. Issa is said to be the most qualified and classified player for the competition. He won the world Squash championship title in Italy and also claimed other titles in Turkey.
But Kakay stated that both the local players are equally competitive and are quality players who have equally represented and won laurels for the country at continental events.
He said they are looking forward to financial support to organize local competitions to keep the players abreast ahead of the competition.
He lauded the President of Sierra Leone, Ernest Bai Koroma who is also a squash player for his generosity towards the promotion of the game.
By Bernad Turay
Thursday February 06, 2014