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Handball: Fresh crisis brews over election tension

*Dauda attacked for calling Full Council meeting in Kaduna

Elections into the board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) is one of the places where a serious battle is expected to be well drawn.

It would be recalled that the immediate Board which did not enjoy its tenure started with controversy as the then Sports Minister, Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, received a court order not to swear-in the board headed by Yusuf Dauda as a result of perceived irregularities in the election process for the board.

Bolaji Abdullahi swore-in the board members of other 41 national sports federations, he left out handball claiming that he must obey the rule of law. The court order originated from the National Coordinator Mega Handball Veterans, Mr. Nicholas Nwani, the stakeholder group.

Yusuf Dauda...accused of bad faith in calling Full Council meeting in Kaduna
Yusuf Dauda…accused of bad faith in calling Full Council meeting in Kaduna

Nwani told www.gongnews.net last week, “I hope we will not go that route again. The effort of the group is geared towards ensuring that the right thing is done. We were pushed to the level of seeking redress in the court, stating that, it was the inability of the then National Sports Commission to follow their guidelines that resulted to the current impasse.”

The Mega Handball Veterans had to sheath their sword and come to a round table for amicable settlement of the current crisis well into the tenure of Dauda’s second term. With Yusuf Dauda seeking a third term now, there are new fears being nurtured.

Nwani said, “for a President who could not call an Executive Board meeting for almost two years and suddenly claimed he is holding a Full Council meeting. It smears of a designed campaign. He will then bamboozle the chairmen and expect them to vote for him and the advancement backwards continues. The people invited to the Kaduna meeting are his friends and acolytes.

“It is sad that a united handball family is divided on the lines of camps. Referees, coaches, players, former internationals etc are shredded into which camp you belong. These are not the correct attitudes we want. We want a situation where we can track these divisive tendencies, stop the downward trend and revive the sport. Dauda Yusuf did not give us progress so what else does he want?


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