Nigeria Ends Preparations For Handball Africa Cup Of Nations On High
By Our Correspondent
The Nigeria national handball team, on Sunday, defeated DR Congo in their final warm match ahead of the Africa Nations Cup holding in Tunisia later this week, Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
The national male handball side, who have previously played three warm up matches against Morocco, Tunisian Top flight handball club Olympique Sulayman and Cameroon, defeated their DR Congo counterpart 25-21 in a test game played in Tunis.
The team who are in the second phase of camping in Tunisia since January 1, 2020 after spending a full month of camping in Lagos from December 1, 2019, lost to Morocco and Olympique Sulayman with slim margin, then defeated Cameroon before this win against Congo.
The Coach Salami Sulu Rafiu tutored will now shift focus to their opening match of the nation cup against Angola.
Results of Friendlies
Morocco 29-22 Nigeria
Nigeria 21-23 Olympique Sulayman
Nigeria 23-15 Cameroon
Nigeria 25-21 DR Congo
Nigeria Will Shock Africa In Nations Cup – Ocheho
Meanwhile, president of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Mr Samuel Ocheho is confident that the team is ready to face Africa with the best preparation they got from the federation.
Ocheho, who was responding to journalists on the HFN media group on whatsaap, believes that the senior national male does not reflect the disbanded team that came last in the last nations cup in Gabon two years ago and will do well this time around as the target for the team is to qualify for the world cup.
“The team is ready to face the realities of the Nations Cup as our target is to qualify for the worlld cup”. Ocheho said
“At the last outing we came last but the team has promised to do extremely better this time around.
They have had the best of preparations since December 1, 2019 and are presently on training tour in Tunis since January 1, 2020.
They have played grade A friendlies against Morrocco, a top Tunisian club side, Cameroun And RD Congo winning two and losing two”.
Ocheho is quite delighted with the progress and is of the opinion the momentum the team has an the moment and the necessary corrections the coaches have effected as seen in the friendly matches, the national team will make Nigeria proud in the nations cup.
“There is a good progression with the team and we are progressing nicely to the tournament
The tour has afforded the team to make necessary corrections of their flaws and they have promised to do well and make Nigerians proud”.
While revealing that the Federation is happy with their progress, he also said that the team promised to take each match as it comes and create an upset against Angola in their first game.
“The Federation is happy to have given them the necessary tool to excel.
Now we look forward to great results from them. Everyone is in good shape and injury free.
Our first game will be against Angola and they have promised to create an upset.
Nigeria will commence their Nations Cup campaign against Angola on January 16 before playing Gabon and Libya subsequently in other group B fixtures.