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Federation says participation in seminar compulsory for handball officials



Federation says participation in seminar compulsory for handball officials



Mohammed Maigidansanma, Secretary of the HFN, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday in Lagos that the seminar, billed for March 12 to March 15, will hold at Mobolaji Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.

According to Maigidansanma, the three-day seminar is necessary to update coaches and referees on current competitions rules of the sport and for a hitch free officiating in the championships.

“We usually have comprehensive refresher programmes for coaches and referees as part of buildup for our national championships which will be coming up immediately after the seminar.

“It is fundamental for the technical officials to bring current rules to play in the championships, being the reason participation is compulsory and from the seminar referees will be selected,” he said.

Meanwhile, Samuel Ocheho, HFN President, said that the seminar was part of programmes to upgrade its standards as regards competition rules by the International Handball Federation, its parent body.

Ocheho said that arrangements have been concluded to have resource persons from Ivory Coast and Angola to take the referees and coaches on latest competition guidelines during the seminar.

“This board is passionate to make significant result in any programme that we are organising and we must ensure that technical officials are well informed and must apply rules that are obtainable globally.

“It is on that note that we went the extra mile to invite international resource persons to refresh the coaching skill and officiating knowledge of our coaches and referees for the upcoming championships,” he told NNN.

He added that its affiliated state teams, youth clubs and academies were expected to participate in the forthcoming 2019 edition of the National Championships holding in Lagos from March 16 to March 24.


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Death of Imo Grasshoppers Coach Ndudi big loss to HFN family-Ocheho



The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), says the death of Stella Ndudi, a former senior women national team player and coach, is a big loss to the federation.

President of HFN, Samuel Ocheho, in a statement on Friday in Lagos, signed by HFN Secretary General, Maigidasanma Mohammed, described Stella as an astute professional.

He said that until her death, she was the coach of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League side, Imo Grasshoppers.

“Stella was an important player in the national team that qualified for the 1992 Olympics Games in Barcelona, Spain after winning the Africa Women Handball Nations Cup in Egypt in 1991.

“She has been fantastic for the national team as a player and also as a coach.

“May Almighty Allah take care of her children and be a mother to her children.

“I am short of words”, he said.

He further said that the sport had lost a woman who helped develop the sport among women at the grassroots.

Technical Director of HFN, Ferdinand Emeana, who worked closely with her in the Imo State Handball Association, also expressed his shock at the demise of the coach.

He said that Stella had great plans to propagate handball at the grassroots level.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Stella on Thursday in Owerri.

Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Obike Ukoh (NAN)

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Energy firm gives N5m palliative to Handball league players



The President, Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Samuel Ocheho, on Monday commended Prudent Energy and Services Ltd., for providing N5 million palliative to the Premier League  players.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Prudent Energy was the official sponsor of the Handball League.

Ocheho, in a statement to newsmen in Lagos, thanked the organisation and said the money would cushion the effect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the players.

According to him, the money will be shared among the Premier League players and that  each of them will get N250,000.

“A big thanks to our sponsor for remembering us at this difficult time.

“This is their own way of showing the players that they care.

“As sponsor, they will continue to do everything to make the players comfortable,” he said.

Ocheho said that the money would be evenly distributed among the players, adding that the sponsor was eager for the league to commence once the health authorities gave the go ahead.

“Prudent Energy look forward to the league resuming post COVID-19 so that handballers can continue doing what they love doing best,” he said.

NAN reports that phase one of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League scheduled to hold in April in Abuja, was postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Recent events gave me new perspectives on justice in Nigeria – Uzor Kalu



Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu says events in the past five months have given him an added perspective on matters of justice and injustice in Nigeria.

Uzor Kalu said this in a statement he issued on Friday in Abuja following the Supreme Court nullification of the lower court’s judgment that convicted and sentenced him to 12 years’ imprisonment.

“Challenging as this period has been, it has provided me an opportunity to learn invaluable lessons about our country, our peoples, our justice system and the true meaning of love.

“I mean love for family, love for our country and love for humanity’’.

“I have come to know that the course of justice will not be complete if it stopped at my case.

“It must continue until it touches the lives of millions of Nigerians who face injustice anywhere in this world.

“I shall be dedicating my time henceforth to ensuring that there is justice for all Nigerians, whether they are in Sokoto, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Maiduguri, Jos or Enugu – wherever they may be’’.

Uzor Kalu added that justice for one man or for a few people will no longer be enough in this country.

“A system whereby over 70 per cent of all prison inmates is made up of people awaiting trial, cannot be allowed to continue.

“A situation where innocent people are falsely charged with murder just to get them out of the way does not dignify our country and cannot continue.

“Justice must now mean justice for all. That is my pledge to Nigerians.”

The former governor also said that the judgment affirmed his right to fair hearing and equal protection of the law which reaffirmed his belief and confidence in Nigeria.

“My case is a true Nigerian story with a bold `MADEINNIGERIA’ stamp on it, it is a story of initial injustice that was caught and ultimately corrected, and restoration.

“It is a story of how a wrong was righted and how justice and truth prevailed in the end. A story of the power of hope,’’ he added.

He said his case should teach everyone that even though they may not get things right at the first attempt, with patience and dedication, they would get them right eventually.

“That is the lesson of my case and that is the lesson for our country – that with dedication and patience, we shall place Nigeria in its rightful place eventually’’.

He accorded a special mention to the Justices of the Supreme Court for their unwavering commitment to rule of law.

“We all stand reminded of the consistent and strategic relevance of the Nigerian Supreme Court in holding this country together, even in moments of great peril.

“As far back as in the 1971 case of LAKANMI V. ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION, the Ademola Adetokunbo – led Supreme Court had rescued this country from the edge of the precipice.

“Also throughout the dark era of military rule in Nigeria, the Supreme Court neither wavered nor flinched in its commitment to justice and fairness.

“And despite some moments of distraction and mass hysteria, the Nigerian Supreme Court has remained the veritable compass to the highest ideals of justice attainable in this country.

“This long tradition of the court was exemplified in today’s judgment. I was humbled by the court’s boldness and sense of justice as shown in my case.”

He thanked his family, colleagues, friends, the people of Abia State, and all Nigerians for their unflinching and unwavering confidence and trust in him through the very testing period.

“We all know today that their prayers have not been in vain.

“I also wish to express my gratitude to the Nigerian Correctional Service for the professionalism and sincere humaneness extended to me by its staff while I was in their custody.”

The Senator said he looks forward to rejoining his colleagues in the Senate as soon as possible.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19: Commonwealth Games Federation to reschedule 2021 Youth Games



The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Executive Board has decided to explore rescheduling options for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games.

A statement on the CGF website on Friday indicated that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the international sports calendar necessitated the decision.

It pointed out that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have been rescheduled to the summer of 2021 which were the original dates of the Youth Games.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the seventh edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games were scheduled to take place ‪from Aug. 1 to Aug. 7 in 2021.

This came about after Trinidad and Tobago was awarded the competition by the CGF in June last year.

According to the statement, following positive discussions, the CGF has agreed to consider the best alternative options and time frames for staging the event in the future, potentially in 2023.

The CGF has given the first option in this regard to the Trinidad and Tobago Commonwealth Games Association (TTCGA) as hosts.

The statement quoted CGF President, Louise Martin, as saying: “The rescheduling of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has also changed demands on scheduling and resources for many of our Commonwealth Games Associations (CGAs) and International Federations from 2020 to 2021.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact across the world and everyone’s absolute priority is the health and well-being of their communities.

“Our decision has been made in the best interests of athletes, fans and citizens that are to benefit from these transformational Games.

“We are committed over the coming months to look at future dates and hosting options, to ensure the right decision is taken for the Commonwealth Youth Games, so that the region can continue to play a leading role as part of the Commonwealth Sports Movement,” Martin said.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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