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May 2, 2018

Handball: League’s resurgence will see Nigeria at world stage, says Veteran

Handball: League’s resurgence will see Nigeria at world stage, says Veteran

Handball

A veteran handball player, Hussain Mohammed, on Wednesday said the resurgence of Nigeria’s handball league would see the country participate in global competitions.

Mohammed, who had plied his trade in Oman and Saudi Arabia in his hay days, expressed the hope in an interview in Abuja.

He spoke at the ongoing Prudent Energy Handball League.

He regretted the dormant nature of the league in the previous years, while appreciating the efforts of the incumbent leadership of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) by Sam Ocheho and Prudent Energy.

“When we were playing handball in Nigeria, we had lots of championships and players were engaged but the situation has changed.

“For a couple of years, we had no league and it has seriously affected our players’ performance at international events.

“Nigeria were favourites in most continental events, but we are nowhere to be found now.

“The current leadership and the resurgence of our league will take us to the World Cup and the Olympics, and we are optimistic that we will participate favourably,’’ he said.

Twelve male and 10 female teams are taking part in the first phase of the league from April 27 to May 6. (NAN)