Daily Trust (Abuja)

8 December 2012

Nigeria: NHF Identifies 60 Talented Players

The Nigeria Handball Federation (NHF) said on Friday that it had identified 60 talented male and female players at the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival in Lagos who could fit into the national team.

Moses Balogun, President, Handball Referees Association, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Handball Courts of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), venue of the event.

Balogun said that the identified players were more than what were discovered at the 17th edition of the festival in Port Harcourt in 2011.

"We are able to identify more talents here in Lagos than last year in Port Harcourt due to the high standards displayed here.

"From the statistics available and from the selections that have been conducted so far, we have already discovered about 30 male and 30 female players with high potential.

"These talents are physically fit, with a very high prospect," Balogun said.

The president, who is also a member of the NHF technical committee, noted that Nigeria's glory in handball would be restored if the identified talents were properly harnessed.

He said that the federation would organise a two-week training camp for the identified players through the National Sports Commission (NSC), during the next long vacation.

Meanwhile, Team Lagos has defeated Team Borno, 26-22, to clinch the men's gold medal of the event, while Team Rivers defeated Lagos, 29-25, to win the female gold medal.

Mohammed Ali, Chief Coach, Borno State Handball Association, attributed the state's loss at the final to the crowd which, according to him, was overtly in support of the host team.

"My team played a better game than Lagos but because we were playing against the hosts at the final, everybody was in support of Team Lagos and we lost," he said

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