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The Nigerian male handball team, represented by the Kano State team, has departed for Marakech, Morocco, ahead of the 35th African Handball Championships. The Technical Director of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Musa Hamza, explained that the team departed two days behind the scheduled depature date. “We encountered some challenges which contributed to our flight delay but the joy of it is that everything is now in order and our trip is confirmed,” he said. Hamza noted that the team was fully prepared to win the championship and return to Nigeria with the trophy. The Nigerian team is drawn against Egypt, Tunisia and Libya in Group C. Hamza explained that the team also comprised of five key officials: two coaches, two doctors and the Kano State Commissioner for Sports, Umar Farouk. He noted that the personnel were well trained in handling the players on the team to maximise their performances. “The coaches and doctor have been in camp with the players, having studied and identified the players’ psychology and technical abilities, their presence will come in handy.’’ During the previous edition of the championships, hosted in Tunisia, the Nigerian team finished in the seventh position. Hamza promised a better performance in the present tournament. The championship, which is an annual event organised by the Africa Handball Continental (CAHB), would last from October 2nd to 13th, 2013. Photo Source: Demotix Images

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This article was first published on 5th October 2013

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