The captain of Nigeria Women Senior Handball Team Dorathy Nyagh is confident the team will emerge victorious at the Africa Women Handball Championship holding in Cameroon.
The National Women Handball Team is currently undergoing a closed intense preparatory camping ahead of the 24th Africa Women Handball Championship at the Aguiyu Ironsi Cantonment in Abuja.
Nigeria has been drawn in Group B alongside host, Cameroon, DR Congo and Kenya.
The camping exercise is led by the assistant coach Yusuf Abdukadir who is holding fort for head coach, Rafiu Salami.
Salami will join the team on Saturday and Dorathy is confident that with the level of preparation so far, the team will do well in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
She went further to say that Nigeria will fight to make history as the team to will be playing in the championship for the first time since the 1990s.
“I am very optimistic that we can win the championship. This Championship is important to the team as we haven’t played in the championship for over 20 years and with this opportunity, we are not going to take chances at all.
“We will fight to make history again and we are not going there for a jamboree. This an opportunity we are not taking for granted,” she said.
The Benue Queens left back also stated that the team is focused and determined to ensure that they put good to use the tactics from the technical crew to the ensure they qualify out of group B wherein they will play host, Cameroon, DR Congo and Kenya.
“It’s not all about who has being consistent in the Championship it is about focus, determination and unity.
We have all it takes to qualify out of our group considering the set of Coaches we have in person of Coach Rafiu Salami and Coach Yusuf Abdulkadir”.
She also praised the Handball Federation of Nigeria led by Chairman, Caretaker Committee Mr. Sam Ocheho and also the Minister of Youth And Sports Development Mr. Sunday Dare for the effort in ensuring that they motivate the team to do well.
Nigeria will be participating in their 9th Africa Women Handball Championship. The last time the women national team qualified for the championship was in 1994 when they came 5th in Tunisia.
They have won the competition once at the 1991 edition in Egypt where they defeated Angola in the final. Team Nigeria also made it to the final in 1983 but lost to Congo 27-14.
The Africa Women Handball Championship 2021 will hold in Yaoundé, Cameroon from June 10 through to 20, 2021 and will kick-off with the opening match between Cameroon and Kenya.