The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) has opened camping for Under-18 and 20 players ahead of the African qualifiers for the International Handball Federation competition coming up in Niger Republic.
The camp commenced from March 5-30, 2018 at the Murtala Mohammed Square in Kaduna.
Emeka Oko,the under U-18 coach said: ”selection would be on merit. If you play well we will pick you and if you don’t we will drop you. We want to field the best for the country. ”
Technical Director, Nigerian Handball federation, Ferdinand Emana, expressed confidence that the talents at their disposal would do the nation proud.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this group of talented young players will spring surprises in Nigeria as they were carefully selected from previous competitions last year.”
A cross section of coaches said final selection of players would be tough because of the pool of talented players in camp.
Chairman Kaduna Handball Association, Ahmed Abubakar expressed gratitude to the federation for starting the camp early, stressing that it would boost the confidence of the players.
“The confidence is that the players will get to know each other and it will foster team spirit and cohesion and its a good development for the game”.
At least 28 players each for the under U-20 and U-18 teams are in camp out of which 14 players will be selected for each category.
Nigeria is pitched in zone 3 of the IHF qualifiers alongside Ghana, Siera Leone, Burundi, Togo, Benin Republic and host Niger.