Nigeria Handball U-18 Women team are set to begin preparation ahead of IHF Challenge Trophy Africa Zone 3 beginning in Ghana from April 11 to 15.
Cosmos Chukwuemeka, the Media Representative for the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), made this known in a statement in Lagos Saturday.
According to the statement, the training camp is set for Lagos, ahead of the Challenge Trophy for Africa Zone 3 phase, comprising 30 players drawn across the federation.
The statement also reported that the competition would serve as a qualification for the Women’s IHF Trophy Africa Continental, holding later in the year.
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To this end, Coach Agboola Shittu Adewunmi has invited 30 players for camping at the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, Lagos, ahead of the championship.
Some of the players are mostly those who participated at National under 12/15 Handball Championship in Sokoto and few in various handball academies across the country.
Coach Shittu believes he has been able to get all of the best players in the under 18 category and will ensure they get the necessary match tactical fitness ahead of the competition.
The players are to report to the Rowe Park Sports Centre on Sunday evening.
The players invited for the Challenge Trophy Africa Zone 3, are Precious Samuel, Chidera Ogwusimba, Prudence Samuel and Amina Mohammed all from teams based in Sokoto.
Mary Olaoye, Munira Kasimu, Lucy Onyekwere, Monica Opara, Munira Mohammed, Timileyin Ogunwole and Damilola Adebisi also from teams in Sokoto.
Akinola Temilade, Okosi Destiny, Ogunsakin Toyin from teams in Ekiti.
Elizabeth Gift, Maureen John, Blessing Jumbo, Vera John are from teams based in Bayelsa.
Similarly, Akinlade Damilola, Nestor Abigail, Balogun Zainab are from Mindscoe Academy just as Grace Gregory and Blessing Inyang are from Akwa Ibom.
Taiwo Babatunde, Kehinde Babatunde and Mathew Esther are from Seasider Babes.
The other players are Okolo Joan and Igbinedion Blessing are from Delta. Aparaugo Amarachi are from Imo Grasshoppers.
The officials are Agboola Shittu Adewunmi, Opuene Robert and Abdullahi Suleiman.