Benin City will be the new home of the National Division One Handball League after the Edo State government agreed to sponsor and host the competition for the next four years.
This was revealed by the Deputy Governor of Edo State Comrade Philip Shaibu when he received the Chairman Caretaker Committee of the Handball Federation of Nigeria Mr. Samuel Ocheho and other stakeholders which includes members of the Edo State Handball Association in his office on Wednesday in Benin City.
“I will use this opportunity to agree to a four-year deal to host and sponsor the Division One Handball League, which will start from the next edition in November. We are happy with what the HFN is doing by taking the sports to all part of the country.
“I want to urged the HFN to make the Division One handball league big in a way that qualification will be from state leagues, which in essence will provide jobs for players, coaches, backroom staff and other stakeholders up to the national level,” Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu said.
In response, the HFN Chairman Caretaker Committee, Sam Ocheho commended Edo State for providing facilities and other logistics for the National Division One League, currently going on in Benin and for agreeing to sponsor the competition for the next four years.
“I want to thank the Edo State government for agreeing to host the National Division One Handball League for the next four years.
“Our desire is to ensure that the game of Handball grows and gets its rightful place as one of the best sports in Nigeria and we can only do that with the help of government and private organisations.
“For Edo State to decide to partner with us shows that they are interested in the developmental growth of the sport and it shows in the upliftment of sporting facilities in the state”. Ocheho said.
Meanwhile, Tojemarine Academy of Lagos have continued with their fine form at the National Division One Handball League as they recorded yet another victory.
Tojemarine in the Male Category defeated Police Machine 18-13 to continue to consolidate their position on the top of the Male Group A standing while Suleja Shooters defeated Confluence Snappers 29-24.
Adorable Stars are still going strong as they defeated MindScope Academy of Lagos with a slim 20-19 score while Desert Warriors edged out Rivers Bullet with a 16-14 victory.
Correctional Boys continue to hold on to their lead on the Male Group B standings as they defeated Bayelsa United with an Emphatic 23-12 victory while Benue Buffaloes had to hold their own to defeat Teak Akwa Ibom 19-18.
In the Female Category, Confluence Queens comfortably defeated Police Machine 22-8 while Bayelsa Queens defeated MindScope 18-14.