*Without a league the game is as good as dead
Samson Samora, a handball national team player, has advised the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) to give priority to the national Premier League to make the sport more attractive.
Samora spoke in Lagos, said the step would create an enabling environment that would consistently engage players to improve their skills.
“National league has really added value to the growth of handball in the past, it is like the life wire of notable sports such as football and basketball. A lot of us in the national team were products of the league when it was active. Then, we featured under state teams and clubs.
“The federation must sit up because it has become necessary to restore the glory and standard of handball in the sports industry. We must realise that the national league brings players from state teams and clubs together, giving them the opportunity to individually distinguish themselves for higher competitions,” he said.
Samora also noted that the federation needed to increase its sponsorship drive to overcome the problem of organising the national league and other national programmes scheduled in the year.
According to him, state associations affiliated to HFN looks up to the federation’s programmes to showcase their young players.
“The board members are there to make things happen, so they should be marketers of handball and commit their resources to sponsor competitions. They must add to the efforts of the states to promote upcoming players, because talents at the grassroots need to be exposed beyond the shores of their environment to improve.”
www.gongnews.net would recall that the national league was suspended by the HFN from 2011 to 2015. It was restored in April 2016 and hosted by Kaduna State Handball Association which was sponsored by a fan of the sport.