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Nigeria handball federation cries out over poor funding

Nigeria Handball Federation (HFN) says it has widened its sponsorship drive, with a view to attracting more partners, who will commit to funding the development and elite programmers, the Board has to undertake for the rest of 2022 and beyond.

President of the HFN, Sam Ocheho stated this in Abuja at a media parley where the 16-man Green Arrows roaster to represent Nigeria at the upcoming Africa men’s Senior Handball Championship in Egypt; were unveiled.

Ocheho decried the seemingly lack of funding from the Sports Ministry for the national side at the African Cup of Nations, but vowed not to be deterred ensuring that the Board delivers on its campaign promises to organise more age-group and grassroots tournaments.

The HFN Boss also promised improvements in the second tier league, otherwise called the championship; the flagship Prudent Energy Premier League; where the title sponsor is on the verge of committing to another five years sponsorship, for the elite men’s and women’s league.

A contingent of 16 players, including Captain Obinna Patrick and six other foreign-based players; Head Coach Rafiu Salami; also has the Director Technical of the federation, Bala Mohammed departed Abuja today for Cairo aboard an Air Egypt flight.

Speaking exclusively to Radio Nigeria earlier, Mohammed said the players were painstakingly selected, and the players are challenged to excel individually and as team, despite the lack of funding from the federal government.

The team which is looking to pick one of the five African slots to the World Cup is drawn in Group C alongside Tunisia and Cape Verde and will play its first match against Tunisia on July 11, before facing Cape Verde on July 12.

Nigeria’s last appearance at the World Championships was in 1999, and the last Continental tournament the Golden Arrows (as they are also known) was in 2019 when Nigeria finished a disappointing 10th.

Reporting by Chinedum Ohanusi; editing by Muzha Kucha