By Roland Mulbah
The Organizers of the National County Sports Meet, the Youth and Sports Ministry, says the 2015/2016 edition of the tournament will officially kick off in December 12, 2015.
According to Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Henry Younton, the sports fete will take place at the Doris Williams Sports Stadium in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, where Group One qualifying matches will take place.
Deputy Minister Younton made the disclosure on Tuesday, when he announced the commencement date of the event at a news conference at the Sports Ministry, after the group stage draw.
He said the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) will host the tournament’s quarter final and grand final matches.
According to the games schedules, defending football Champions, Grand Bassa County, is paired against, Bong, River Gee and Sinoe Counties in Group One.
In Group two, defeated football finalists, Nimba County, will host Grand Cape Mount, Bomi and Maryland Counties in Sanniquellie.
Group Three matches will take place in Zwedru City, Grand Gedeh County, the county will play host to Lofa, Rivercess and Grand Kru counties.
Margibi, Montserrado and Gbarpolu Counties are paired against each other in Group Four and they will play their matches at the Nancy B. Doe Stadium in Kakata.
“Only four sporting disciplines will feature in the upcoming National County Sports Meet, instead of the usual five,” Deputy Minister Younton also told the news conference.
He named football, kickball, basketball and volleyball as the games that will feature in the competition.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports official further noted: “Track events will not be possible, because of renovation works ongoing at the Samuel Kenyan Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville.”
“Though the Ministry is in search of Sponsors, counties will receive funds for their participation,” Mr. Younton intimated.
SEE FULL GROUPINGS
Grand Bassa County
River Gee County
Venue: Doris Williams Stadium
Grand Cape Mount County
Venue: Sanniquellie Stadium
Grand Gedeh County
Grand Kru County
Venue: Zwedru Stadium
Venue: Nancy B. Doe Stadium