Nigeria loses first handball match against Tunisia


FILE: Nigerian handball team.

By Georgina Adegbie

The Nigeria Senior Handball Men’s Team lost their first match against Tunisia 18-30 in the ongoing 2022 Africa Men Handball Senior Championship in Egypt.

Nigeria’s Golden Arrows fought hard in the first half but lost with one point difference of 13-14.

On Monday, the team dropped the magic of the first half and made several mistakes and turnovers in the second half which allowed the Tunisians to punish them with an emphatic 30-18 victory.

Rafiu Salami, the head coach said his team didn’t take their chances and allowed incessant turnovers which made the Tunisians be ahead for a large period of the match.

“We had a game plan and they adhered to it, and that was why we played well in the first half.”

“But in the second half, we were too eager to score which caused the turnovers and then we were too scared to play because we were playing to concede goals instead of playing to win,” Coach Salami said.

According to him, the team would do better against Cape Verde as this was the first top side they would play aside from the Abuja-based clubs.

“All hope is not lost as I believe we will do better against Cape Verde, who by the way is a very good side.”

”I believe we will come through and do everything possible to win,” he said.

To qualify for the quarter-finals, Nigeria will play Cape Verde on Tuesday and a victory may be good enough for the Golden Arrows.


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