Umpire urges for peace in Nigerian handball




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LAGOS – Sikiru Ahmed, an international handball umpire, on Monday in Lagos called on stakeholders in handball to ensure an immediate resolution of crisis rocking the game in the country.

Ahmed told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that there is the need for peace to reign between the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) and the Mega Veterans Handball Limited.

“It is important for parties involved in the crisis to give peace a chance to ensure the development of the sport in the country,’’ he said.

There is a case between National Commission (NSC) and Mega Handball Veterans still pending at a Federal High Court, Abuja.

The case is over the elections into the board of HFN in 2013 in Abuja.

Ahmed told NAN that it was only through such a state of harmony that the sport could grow and become viable in the country.

“The truth is that visible progress has been made in terms of holding regular competitions since this problem started in 2013, after the election of the present board.[eap_ad_2] 

“So, I am making this passionate appeal to these bodies to reconcile as soon as possible, at least for the sake of the growth of handball in this nation.

“There is doubt that the present situation has affected the lined-up programme of activities of all categories of competitions, and such has negatively had an effect on the players,’’ he said.

The umpire said engaging players in regular competitions across the country was a major way of sharpening their skills and preparing them for future international competitions.

“The best way to encourage players and coaches in training is to organise competitions for them, as these competitions provide an enabling environment for evaluation.

“Individual or teams’ performances at every championship help the coaching crew to adjust their training programme and on their technical deficiencies for improvement,’’ he said.(NAN)[eap_ad_3]