*Praises Mega Veterans for supporting their sport
*Enjoins their weight behind BOOST
Executive Director (Technical) of the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc (NSDFI), Chief Mary Onyali (MFR) has commended the Mega veterans Handball of Abuja for finding a platform to come together, regularly train and give back to the sport that gave form, fame, education and name to all of them.
Onyali was guest at the first training of the veterans at the Package B of the National Stadium where she saw “those wonderful skills like jump shooting, fast breaks, feinting, speed work that makes handball so unique and very interesting. No wonder it is the fastest ball sport in the world. I relished my old images of the sport.”
According to Chief Onyali, “handball is one of the sports we chose for the Basic Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) project named after Chief Ruth Ogbeifo in Offa. We are setting up 35 other community sports development project and six National Sports Development Centres.”
“My joy was to watch those great faces that played for Nigeria in the 80s from the Grasshoppers, Niger United of Minna, the Sokoto team, the Abia Valiants. These folks brought back some wonderful moments to be cherished. One also salient fact is that they are so fit. Many younger players may not be able to contend with them in so many departments of the game.
It will be so great that these great men and women will lead and deliver the handball dream with us. With your diverse knowledge and interest, you can be given the mandate to run the handball segment of the project. Yours will be so handy with delivering the handball league from February 2018 like the other sports.”
Two teams played in the final which was watched by a mammoth crowd. Present to add value to the event were the FCT Director of Sports, Chief Dilichukwu Onyedinma, heads of sports from the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp, his counterparts from the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
Guests, friends, members were treated to a barbecue, drinks, food and great repertoire of music. The pitch was given gaiety and fete.