20th September, 2010
The much awaited National Premier Handball League will kick off on 23 September at theÂ Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Twenty four clubs across the country willÂ take part in this yearâ€™s National League. SomeÂ of the clubs in the maleÂ category areÂ Safety Shooters (FRSC), Niger United (NigerÂ State), Owena Kings (Ondo), Rima Strickers (Sokoto), Pyramid (Kano), Spiders (Borno),Â Vipers (Plateau) and Seasiders (Lagos).
Others are Coa Shooters (Nigeria Army), Desert Stars (Yobe), Key Boys (Nigeria Prisons),Â Kada Kings (Kaduna), Yobe Deserts Stars and Borno Spiders.
Invited clubs in the female category are Safety Babes (FRSC), Grasshoppers (IMO),Â Valiants (Abia), Sparrows (Borno), Owena Queens (Ondo), Dynamos ( Edo), Desert QueensÂ (Katsina), Seasiders (Lagos) and Dooshima Babes (Benue)
Speaking ahead of the league, Secretary General of Handball Federation of Nigeria, HFN,Â Olusola Luke, disclosed that this yearâ€™s tourney will be highly contested, adding thatÂ all the participants are fully prepared for the league.
â€œAll the invited clubs have been preparing in the past few weeks. So they are ready forÂ the league,â€ he said.
Commenting on the performance of the Nigerian team in Handball at the just concludedÂ ECOWAS Games, the scribe stated that he was happy that the country wonÂ aÂ gold medal inÂ the female event and won a silver medal in the male event.
He said the Nigerian male team were unlucky to have lost to Ghana in the final, butÂ commended them for their outstanding performance at the championship.
â€œWe would have won gold medal in the male category but we lost to Ghana in the final.Â Nevertheless, we had a good outing at the championship,â€ he said.