*First time internationals take centre stage in administration
*Dalung, take cue from CAHB in federation elections
*Anything short of Godwin Kienka report will bring another disaster – Vembe
By Oluwole Francis
Four former Nigerian internationals have for once been deservedly appointed into various Commissions of the African Handball Confederation, (CAHB). This is the first time former players of the game are being recognised with these positions.
The four Nigerians are President of the Commonwealth Handball Federation, Barrister Mark Jacobs Nzamah, who will serve in the Arbitration Commission. Former Sokoto United of Nigeria longest serving player, Jibrin Saidu, is to work in the Tribunal Commission.
Former Lagos State pivot player and highest individual sponsor, Sam Ocheho will be working from the Sports Development Commission while Dr (Mrs) Toyin Aluko, who in her playing days was prominent in the Oyo State colours will be on the Coaches Commission.
Confédération Africaine de Handball (CAHB), is the administrative and controlling body for African team handball. Founded in 1973 after the 2nd African Games in Lagos-Nigeria, it remains the umbrella body of all national handball federations in the continent.
The CAHB headquarters is located in Abidjan in Cote d’ivoire. It’s current President is Dr. Mansourou Aremou from Benin Republic.
However, Abuja-based legal practitioner and a former Benue Buffaloes mercurial player, Barrister Terence Terfa Vembe has sent a message of congratulations to the newly appointed persons. In a telephone chat, he observed, “this is the very first time that the former players of the game are made to administer their game at the international level.”
Barrister Vembe added, “this is exactly what we are asking from the Federal Ministry of Sports in the April sports Federation elections. Anything short of this will not allow the once most popular sport in Nigeria to be revived. Please tell them, Nigerians re feverishly
looking forward to the guidelines to the elections.
“Candidly, if I have my way, I will seek the indulgence of the minister, Solomon Dalung, to go ahead and deliver the recommendations of the Godwin Kienka report. He promised the nation that he will implement that report wholly. That is what we are waiting for.”