Niger handball teams in Sweden tourney for exposure

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Coach says the objective is to make them formidable against opponents

The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), on Tuesday in Lagos, said that the participation of Niger State junior teams in the 2012 Patille Cup in Sweden was for exposure.

HFN Technical Director, Musa Hamza, said that the state’s U-14 and U-15 left the country on Monday for the six-day competition in Gutenburg.

According to him, the objective was to help them get the necessary experience that would help them to become world beaters in the future.

“Our young players need to be exposed to competitions because we are particular about their developmental stages, so the competition is timely,” he said.

The technical director said the players, who were identified at previous and the recent National Youth Championships, had been undergoing training.

Hamza said the players would eventually replace ageing players in the senior national teams.

“The idea is that we are working towards having formidable junior male and female teams who will mature to senior, and eventually take over from the tired players,” he said.

“There is clear evidence that we have talented players among them, an indication that the future is bright for handball.”

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