Youth Games: Niger, Imo Emerge Handball Champions

Niger State team have won the male handball category of the ongoing National Youth Games taking place at the Abuja National Stadium, after mauling Sokoto 26-15 in a fiercely contested game on Thursday evening.
The highly entertaining match saw the Niger boys attacking their opponents from the start of the game, racing into a 4:0 lead within the first five minutes.
Sokoto quickly settled into the game afterwards, falling back to their trickery and pace to crawl back to level just after eight minutes.
The momentum didn’t last long as Niger state capitalised on their strength and experience to regain the lead and at the break, they were 11:7 up.
The second half was not different, with the team from Niger attacking with more gusto while defending perfectly as well.
Following their superiority in every department of the game, their opponents decided to go physical. Consequently, Bello Mohammed was red-carded with about ten minutes to go.
The Sokoto boys, though talented, were undone by their inability to covert their free throws. They missed all eight free throws awarded to them during the match.
Speaking after the match, the Head Coach of Niger State team, Obi Fidelis said his boys were far better than their opponents and it was obvious from the start that they were going to win.
He noted that the Sokoto team was finding it difficult to cope with the experience and tactics of his side which helped his team dominate through out the game.
Coach Fedelis said most of his players will go on to represent the country in international competition in the nearest future if they could keep up the hard work.
On the other hand, while congratulating Niger State for their victory, the Sokoto State Coach, Mohammed Abdullahi complained of the antics of the team.
“Why will they be rubbing gum on the balls? They know we are not conversant with such. But it was a good game”.
Meanwhile, Rivers State defeated Abia State 18:15 in the third place game played earlier in the day.
In the Female category, Imo State defeated Benue State 14:10 in the final to win the competition, while Bayelsa edged FCT 15:8 in the third place match decided earlier.
Imo’s best player, Okoro Vivian said she was happy to have contributed her quota to the victory of her team.

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