Plateau Peacocks female handball club of Jos on Thursday thrashed the Desert Queens of Katsina 50-20 at the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Plateau Peacocks led 21-13 by the game’s half-time.

Eunice Ogbotobo, the coach of Desert Queens, later acknowledged that their opponents were more experienced than her players.

“It was a good game, but they are more experienced and more mobile than us. We have only 16 players and this is our second game.

“But we are going to take on Abia Valiants in our next game and I will advise my players to try more and do their best.

“However, based on logistics we weren’t prepared for the competition.

“We didn’t have time to train together, and we were not privileged to be in camp and train together.

“We just trained in a small way because we didn’t have the support of the government. We had to start soliciting for money from one place to the other.

“Also, considering that this is the Ramadan period some players were not available to us, but because we wanted to avoid being sanctioned we have to be here.

“If not, we will be fined N500,000,’’ she said.

On his part, Ferdinand Emanaa, the coach of Plateau Peacocks, said hard work, prayers and dedication were the secret to their victory.

“I want to believe these days that sports is about speed and youthfulness. If you have a youthful team with good speed and technique, it will go the extra mile and the sky will be its limit.

“However, we are looking forward to winning all our games like we did last year, and our players should know that we have a target, and they shouldn’t lose focus.

“But they need to rest well and concentrate on their games because we are here to defend our title,’’ he said.

Twelve male and 10 female teams are participating in this first phase of the second edition of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, being organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN).

The competition is holding at the Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium, and will hold daily till May 25.

(Edited by Muhyideen Jimoh and Olawale Alabi)