February 3, 2023



Nigerian Handball progressively collapsing, stakeholders increase alarm 

Key stakeholders have raised the alarm over administrative and technical malpractice which in keeping with them may result in complete collapse of handball in Nigeria.

Talking on their behalf, a board member of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Alhaji Saidu Jibril Ojih, beckoned on the youth and sports activities ministry to urgently rescue the sport of handball in time.

Ojih in a media briefing, in Abuja, significantly frowned on the organisation of the second Part of the 2022 Prudent Vitality Handball Premier League in Lagos the place he mentioned two ineligible gamers have been allowed to take part.

He mentioned such measure violated the foundations and laws beneath Part 3d of the foundations and laws for the event.

Based on him, “The second you don’t have management and arbitration, then you’ll be able to’t have success within the technical features of the sport. Administration is a yardstick so that you can coordinate, direct and guarantee conformity to set customary. The second there’s deviation, then there’s failure as a result of you’ll be able to’t get it proper.

“The staff – golf equipment coaches, gamers and main stakeholders within the sport all met and agreed that the foundations needs to be binding on all who participate within the second part of Prudent Vitality Handball League, comprising about 12 feminine groups and 11 male groups. 

“Its unlucky when a participant from Kano Pillars and Lagos Seasider with jersey quantity 50 performed for Kano and jersey quantity 41 in performed for a Benin republic handball membership. This similar participant performed for a handball championship in Niger.

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“Our rule in part 3d says any participant, nationally or internationally should not register for 2 golf equipment. The rule is specific, with no encumbrances. Sadly for Kano and Lagos Seasider, two of their gamers went to partake in Tunisia Africa membership championship that occurred some months in the past. Just for them to comeback saying they wish to partake in our league. They don’t seem to be eligible to participate within the event.

“Our protest was forwarded to the officers, just for the officers to return out and say our evidences usually are not adequate, with out giving us the chance to current them for honest listening to…”

Ojih who’s the Secretary Common Commonwealth Handball Affiliation, blamed the management of the current Handball Board for the low profile recorded on this yr’s league competitors.

“It’s dangerous and unlucky that we speak of the presidency and the leaders of our nation however at our personal minimal stage, we destroy issues. Sport is a pleasant affair, it’s an attention-grabbing concern and individuals are pleased to be a part of it however as soon as we carry disheartening choice among the many collaborating groups and the gamers we are attempting to encourage, we’re destroying the sport.

“Giving frivolous and biased judgements with out honest listening to destroys the nice intentions of sport. It’s within the gentle of this, I wish to inform Nigerians that handball is being killed by the so known as individuals we name President of federations. The minister, everlasting secretary might not know what’s going on within the sporting federation. 

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“Folks take their private aggrandisement into sport. We obtained a sponsorship – Prudent Vitality. As I’m speaking to you now, I can’t categorically inform you how a lot comes into the federation from that sponsorship. We’re solely instructed what they need us to know. By regular proper, all of the federation dealings needs to be paid into the federation private account.

“It’s so unhappy that some group of individuals have refused to obey legal guidelines which might be enshrined to make sure profitable taking part in of handball in Nigeria. We wish everybody to know that issues usually are not being executed correctly. Handball in Nigeria is now ran from the coverts of bedrooms reasonably than the code of governance enshrined by the Federal Ministry of Youth sports activities improvement. This might trigger groups to tug their case to anyplace they really feel justice shall be served to them,” he mentioned.

The handball stakeholders additionally made out there copies of protest letters and different supporting paperwork submitted to the technical committee of the HFN, copied to related individuals and our bodies.

Nonetheless, the HFN management is but to react to the newest improvement as on the time of filling this report.