The Africa Commonwealth of Nations has set the new height to improve the game of Handball in the continent.
The Commonwealth Handball Association made this known during the African Group Meeting in Abuja. They said that the meeting has exposed the various challenges facing the continent. Also, it has made a recommendation on how best to develop handball in Africa ahead of the general congress in Sweden.
Executive Director, Handball Commonwealth Nations, Saidu Jibril added that they had come together as one to detect that they are being faced by lots of challenges. Hence, at the end of the meeting, the group will further on to present the case to the Congress in Sweden on the 2nd of July.
“We have a total number of the 54 Commonwealth of Nations. And I can assure you that the rest of Africa is rooting that Nigeria remains secretariat of the Commonwealth Handball Association. This is because they believe that we have the capacity to do the work.
In addition, the Kenyan Handball President, Gikaria Ndiritu, further supported the claim of having the secretariat in Nigeria. He stressed that all the sports federation headquarters are in Europe and the group wants one to remain in Africa.
He noted that other countries within the Commonwealth can come to learn what Nigeria can give. This is because Nigeria has organized tournaments in the past and they want it to remain that way.
However, the Director of Grassroots Sports Development, Dr. Ademola Are, lauded the effort of the African body to develop the sports. Furthermore, he called on developed countries to come to the aid of Africa to improve the sports in the area of technical support, coaching clinics workshops and seminars to enhance the level of handball.
Also, the former Nigerian minister of youth and sports, Sani Ndanusa, who is also a member of the Commonwealth of Nations technical committee, vowed to make sure that the sports make its debut in the next Commonwealth of Nations Game in Rwanda.