Africa Games: Nigeria ‘ll feature in male, female events, says Handball technical director

Ferdinand Omeana, Technical Director, Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), says 28 national players, comprising male and female, have been listed to participate in the forthcoming Africa Games billed for Rabat, Morocco.

Omeana disclosed through telephone call on Wednesday in Lagos that the players were drawn from the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League and some foreign based players.

Omeana said: “It is a thing of joy for us that we will be participating in the male and female events in the Games which will feature 14 players each.

“The national league is a major event that provides a good platform for us to identify these players, because they distinguished themselves among their peers in the competition.”

He said that the male and female national teams had qualified for the African Games after their glorious performances at the continental tournament qualifiers in Burkina Faso in April.

The technical director gave names of the female players as Udochukwu Ohaekwe Israel, Isoken Nosa-Odia, Ahamefula Chinemere, Rachael Brown, Mercy Audu,
Sunday Hope, Cynthia Vincent,Toyin Yusuf, (Goal Keeper), Adaobi Okoro, Susan Omoluwa, Ruth Ameh, Faith Inegbedion, Dorathy Nyagh and Muinat Yusuf.

According to him, the male list comprise Philip Kalu, Obinna Patrick, Obinna Ani, Faruk Yusuf, Oladunjoye Adams (Goal Keeper), Ibitoye Ayomide, Rotibi Gbenga, Yahaya Owolabi, Adio Ibrahim, Emeanaa Emmanuel, Kingsley Okubike, Emeka Emmanuel, Anas Mohammed and Solomon Agbaji (Goalkeeper).

Omeana said that the team’s Coaches are Rafiu Salami (France),
Bala Mohammed (FRSC),
Segun Tunji (Niger United) and himself, adding that the teams were battle ready for a good outing.

He said the teams would depart the country alongside with Nigeria contingents on Aug. 16 for the games holding in Rabat, Morocco from Aug. 19 to Aug. 30. 

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