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Teams arrive Makurdi ahead of handball championship

Three more teams Confirmed, Ahead of Friday’s Commencement of 3rd North Central Handball Championships

Benue State has pledged its preparedness to host a hitch free, successful, and memorable third edition of the North Central Senior Handball Championships, in Makudi, on Friday.

The Director, Benue State Sports Council, Mr. Philip Nongoh gave the assurance, when receiving in his office, a delegation of the Organizers of the championship, led by Secretary General of the North Central Handball Association, Pablo Johnson.

According to Mr. Nongoh, the arrival of the Giant Trophies for the winners, and two runner-ups, as well as medals for the players whose teams will make it to the podium, is a reassuring hint, that the third edition of the North Central Championships will be hosted in Makurdi.

 “We commend the high standards and level of competitiveness usually associated with this tournament, and as a good host, our goal is to emulate such, if not surpass the trend; while giving all our guests a treat of our profound hospitality”, Mr. Nongoh added.

Handing over the items to the Host Director of Sports, Mr. Pablo Johnson said Benue earned the right to host the edition of the championships, after the State owned teams finished 3rd in the last edition, staged in Abuja.

Mr. Johnson while describing the North Central as the home of Handball in Nigeria, said he was happy Markurdi, the capital of Benue State was the first city outside Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory to host the championships.

He further said the number of participating teams have now risen to fourteen (nine men’s and 5 women’s teams), arrangements for the players accommodation and match officials have been confirmed, while the Courts at the Aper Aku Stadium have been given a befitting face lift.

The Confluence Stars of Lokoja, Kogi State are the early birds; they arrived with a view to acclimatize to the weather, in Makurdi.

Reporting by  Chinedum Ohanusi, editing by Daniel Adejo