The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare on Tuesday paid an unscheduled visit to the camp of the female national handball team at the Aguyi Ironsi Military Catonment, Abuja, where he charged them to make Nigeria proud at the competition.
According to the Minister, “I’m glad to be here this evening to watch you prepare through your camping for the Africa Handball Cup of Nations taking place in Cameroon. I want to encourage you to see it as an honour to represent Nigeria. I’ve watched some of you play in our league and seen a lot of talents in you, periodically during your camping, I will come around to see you as well as send you off when you are ready to leave for Cameroon.”
The Minister commended the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the Nigerian Handball Federation, Samuel Ocheho.
“Your President, now Chairman has done excellently well, as he is a model President in our Federations whom others should take a cue from.”
Ocheho expressed appreciation to the Minister for always supportiing handball and sports generally.
“it is always a pleasure to see that you come through for handball and sports generally in the country, we do not take it for granted. We appreciate your support and look forward to making the country proud in Cameroon”
Captain of the team, Dorathy Nyugh said “it is a great joy and honour to have you here, our Minister. Its been 20 years since the female handball team last featured in the Nations Cup. Even after our arrival to camp, people still had doubts but your presence here today has given us more assurance.
“We are energised by your encouragement which would gear us to victory. Our morale is high now, and we will give all necessary cooperation to our coaches and management to ensure victory”.
The team will be camped for one month at the Aguyi Ironsi Cantonment, and are scheduled to leave for Cameroon on June 5th for the competition scheduled for 6th- 18th in Yaounde.