The Nigeria Senior National Handball Male team, The Golden Arrows are presently undergoing intensive training camp in Abuja ahead of the 25th Africa Men Handball Championship.
The 25th edition of the African Men’s Handball Championship, which will hold in Egypt from 9 to 19 July 2022, will also serve as the the African qualifying tournament for the 2023 World Men’s Handball Championship in Poland and Sweden.
It was originally suppose to hold in January 2022 but was postponed after the Confederation of Africa Handball (CAHB) received series of protests from some countries after the initial draw grouping.
To this end, the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) invited 26 players made up of players of top teams in the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League and some foreign professionals who are sweating out in a close camping at the Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment in Abuja under the tutelage of Coach Solomon Yola who is holding fort for France-based Coach Rafiu Salami.
Coach Solomon Yola said the players are responding to training and will do everything humanly possible to ensure they represent Nigeria with flying colours at the championship.
“The boys have been putting in the hardwork in camp and hopefully when the gaffer Coach Rafiu arrives, it will get better.
“One thing is for sure, we will ensure we do well in the Nations Cup because our goal is to qualify for the World Championship,” Coach Solomon Yola said.
Nigeria is drawn in Group C alongside Tunisia and Cape Verde and will play their first match against Tunisia in their first match against on July 11 and Cape Verde on July 12.
Nigeria has participated in eleven editions of the Africa Men Handball Nations with their best outing recorded in the 1998 edition held in South Africa wherein they finished 4th after losing to Egypt 35-26.