Yobe intensifies preparation for U-18 handball tourney


The championship will be held in Italy

Following the successful outing of Nigeria’s representatives at the just concluded U-14 championships in Sweden, the Chairman, Yobe Sports Commission, Sani Fema, said the state has intensified training in preparation for the U-18 handball tournament in Italy.

Speaking in Damaturu, Fema said that the team had developed new skills that would make Nigeria proud at the tournament.

“The players have employed new skills and techniques in our intensified training sessions to do Nigeria proud at the tournament. I am optimistic that with the vigour, stamina and dedication exhibited by the team, coupled with the state government?s support, they will surprise the world at the tournament,? he said.

According to him, the state has the best handball players in the junior and senior categories that are capable of winning trophies and medals in their category.

Fema added that the state also represented Nigeria and came fourth in the African Club Hockey championship in Zambia.

The chairman, however, said that the commission had commenced preparations to feature in the next world club championship in hockey.

“We have the best facilities in Nigeria and some of the excellent coaches and players for both male and female hockey teams,? he added.  

The chairman added that the commission had also concluded plans to re-introduce sporting activities in schools across the state.

He said that the commission would liaise with the state Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to assist young boys and girls in realising their full potential in sports.

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