*Kano Pillars, Kada Queens return home empty
Al-ahly handball club of Egypt have defeated Hammamet handball of Tunisia 31-21 to win the 33rd African Handball clubs championship for the record of 11th time.
The championship which ended at the weekend in the tourist city of Agadir, Morocco saw Al-Wyddad of Morocco beat Agadir 26-20 for the third place.
In the female category, the defending champion, D’Agosto of Angola won the gold having emerged first on the log, followed by the FAP of Cameroon and the CARA of Congo Brazzaville who took home the bronze medal.
The Nigerian representative at the championship, Kada Queens from Kaduna came fifth in the seven team round robin league which also included HC Vainq of DR Congo, THBC of Madagascar and Nouasser of Agadir.
Kano Pillars could not make it to the knockout stage in the male category as the 34th edition of the African Handball championship is expected to come up in Cameroon next year while the Nigerian contingent are expected back in the country this week.
The breakdown of the administration of the game in the west African nation in the last eight years were part of the function that contributed to the dysmal showing of its clubs in continental championships. The absence of a regular league and other championships lowered the standard of the game in the country.
It is expected that with fresh elections coming up in the country that a new leadership will emerge to breathe a new life to the game and return the nation to winning ways. Sokoto Rima handball Club and Niger United handball club of mInna were the nation’s best male teams while Grasshoppers handball club of Owerri (as it was) was the best alongside the Sparrows of Maiduguri in the female category.