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2019 OPEIFA handball tourney won’t hold in May – LSHA

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edition of the annual Opeifa Secondary Schools Handball Championship tagged ‘OPEIFA CUP’ will not hold in May as usual, organisers said on Friday.

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Adeola Opeifa, Chairperson of Lagos State Handball Association (LSHA), told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the body was planning the 2019 edition to hold in June.

She noted that the competition usually held in May since inception in 2015.

“The OPEIFA CUP handball championship is an annual event, which secondary schools in Lagos look forward to participating in;  this year’s edition will surely hold because the plans are on.

“However, unlike previous editions which usually held in May, this year, we are having a slight change in the month; we are proposing to have it in June,” she said.

She said that the competition had gone a long way to enhance the development of the sport in Lagos State.

The LSHA boss said that the number of schools participating  in the tournament had been increasing since the Kayode Opeifa-sponsored competition began.

“The annual ‘OPEIFA CUP’ Handball Championship has really added value to growth of handball in Lagos because of its grassroots setting, and that is the whole idea behind the initiative.

“The awareness and open nature of the championships are pulling more weight; we have schools from Badagary and outskirts of Lagos; it is making handball a household sport in Lagos,” Opeifa added.

According to her, the annual championship has created a good platform for players to exhibit their skills and provided an opportunity for identification of budding talents.

“Some players in the state teams are products of OPEIFA CUP,’’ she said.

NNN reports that 81 public and private schools in Lagos State participated in the 2018 edition of the LSHA-organised OPEIFA CUP  held in May at the Mobolaji Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba.

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