Following the decline of handball in Nigeria, ex-players of the game under the umbrella of Handball Veterans Association of Nigeria (HVAN) have vowed to revive the game and restore Nigeria to the peak position in Africa.
The president of the association, Mark Jacob, while chatting with newsmen promised that there would soon be a revival in the sport.
Mark Jacob, who presided over the affairs of Handball Federation of Nigeria between 2005 and 2009, decried the supposed nonchalant attitude of the current administrator of the game, Yusuf Dauda. He said that with the wind of change blowing in the sports sector, handball should not be left behind.
“Over the years the leadership of handball in this country has been left in the hands of people that don’t have passion for the game and instead of them to develop the game; they see it as a meal ticket thereby allowing handball to die a natural death,” he said.
The former National legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party claimed that efforts his administration made over the years was not built on by Yusuf Dauda’s administration. He stated that all the ex-players and coaches of the game in the country “have resolved to resuscitate the game that brought them fame and wealth”.
The Kaduna state born sports administrator and former national handball player described the performance of Nigeria’s handball team as abysmal.
He further stated that the country lost all the competitions entered for adding that subsequently, the game kept going down in the Confederation of African Handball (CAHB) rating.
“Sincerely, we cannot continue this way. We cannot be doing the same thing every time and expect a different result. We have to change and time for this imminent change is now”
“We could recall that Nigeria did not win any handball championship last year and even on few occasions they appeared in some competitions this year, their performance was nothing to write home about”
“The worst experience came in Kaduna where three out of four Nigeria teams that participated in 33rd edition of African Handball Winners Cup could not past the preliminary stage. The safety shooters of Abuja that managed to enter the quarter final lost scandalously to less fancied JSK of Algeria” concluded Mr. Jacob.