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IHF Challenge Trophy: National handball player commends coaching for teams’ victory




Sam Samora, a senior handball player, has commended the coaching crew of the national cadet and junior teams for their victorious outing at the just-concluded Zone 3 International Handball Federation (IHF) Challenge Trophy in Niamey.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the national U-18 girls emerged winner in the Cadet category, while the U-20 team placed 2nd in the junior category of the tournament held from Feb. 25 to March 3.

Samora told NNN that the preparedness of the teams was apparent from the comprehensive programmes evolved by the technical crew while they were in camp.

“I give kudos to the coaches for a job well done on the teams because it was the quality of training the girls were subjected to that earned them victory.

“The tournament has created a platform for the coaches to prove their mettle in the national cadet and junior teams, and it is a commendable effort,’’ he said.

Samora said that the performances were a great achievement to the handball family and the nation at large, as the cadet team has made itself a force to reckon with in the continent.

“The cadet team did marvellously well from its group stage matches to the finals, even defeating the host country, so they have distinguished themselves and become dreadful to other nations,’’ he added.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Maigidansanma, Secretary of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), told NNN that he was delighted with the performances of the teams at the eight-day tournament.

Maigidansanma said that the cadet team, gold medalists in the U-18 category, had qualified and would proceed to the next phase of the tournament, as qualifiers for the world championships to be held later in the year.

He added that the Cadet team trashed hosts Niger Republic 30-11, in the final match held at the Dey Arts Stadium, Niamey, and booked a ticket at the world championships.

“I am not surprised at the teams’ performances because they exhibited a serious commitment during the preparations in camp ahead of the tournament and I was convinced that they will win.

“They are just too much; to beat a host country is not easy, which they have done, I am so impressed because they defeated the Nigerien team and that was a big win for us.

“The idea behind this tournament is to qualify for the world championships and we are so excited and happy,’’ he added.

Samora added that the 34-man contingent comprising of the female players and officials, led by Anikwushe Evelyn, HFN’s Assistant Secretary, would arrive Abuja from Niamey, Niger Republic enroute Sokoto on Saturday evening.

NNN reports that Nigeria’s U-18 cadet team, gold medallists at the just-concluded Zone 3 IHF Challenge Trophy, have qualified for the next phase of the world championships holding in Rwanda in August. (NNN)