Nigeria’s under 18 and the under 20 male handball teams opened camping on Thursday in Kaduna, to commence training for the qualifying tournament of International Handball Federation trophy, which takes place in Niger Republic at a yet to be fixed date (the earlier date of March 28 was cancelled).
Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) general-secretary, Haruna Ilerika Maigidansama, who is already in Kaduna, stated that all the players would be received as soon as they arrive and urged the players to report early to camp.
Similarly, technical director of the federation, Ferdinand Emeana, who disclosed this yesterday, stated that the players were expected to arrive in Kaduna today to begin camping for the tournament in Niger.
Emeana also said teams from Zone Three including Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Benin Republic and Ghana would take part at the championship.
He noted that the camping exercise would be well conducted to ensure the best players represent the country at the tournament, and added that the HFN is always striving to develop young players by making sure that they compete at competition.
“What we intend to do is to ensure that the best player represent the country at the tournament by organizing a camping exercise.
“The players were invited from the Youth Games, open championship in Markudi, while three were selected from the team that represented the country at the Nations Cup in Gabon.
“If the young players compete at international event after good training, it is possible to see how far they have come and what can be done to improve them,” Emeana concluded.