The Lagos State Handball team was off to a flying start went took on their counterparts from Delta but suddenly fissled out after taking a 2-0 lead early went their youthful opponents dominated the game after going into a 3-2 lead at the ongoing Sam Ocheho Invitational Handball Championship
The Lagos team, made up of veterans who came together a week ago, lacked fitness and tired out early towards the end of the game allowing the Delta girls to seize the initiative. A sour point for the winners was the sending off of Goalkeeper mercy Peter, who fouled a Lagos attacker outside the arc, two minutes to the end of the game.
Bemoaning their loss, Coach of the Lagos team II, Kate Osho said her team would do better in their next game after it was beaten 18-11 yesterday in the Championship, which entered day two yesterday.
She, however, admitted that the players, who were put together a week ago, lacked match fitness.
She said: “The players showed some brilliance, but they did not have the energy to go all the way. But it is expected considering that most of them have not played competitive handball for over two year and were assembled just a week ago”.
In his reaction, Delta Coach, Henry Obi said he was hoping for the best in the competition and admitted he was nervous at some point in the game because of the experienced players his team was competing against.
Obi also said that the championship was meant to prepare his players for the National Sports Festival (NSF) holding in Lagos in November. “I am satisfied the way the team played and it is a good way to access its readiness of the NSF.
“The squad is very young and they will get a lot of experience playing in this competition, while we will also use it to access the players. It was not easy playing against seasoned a team that has veterans and ex-international but am happy we came out tops.
He said the red card his players got was sad and unexpected but it would not deter them from going for the top prize.