President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria has disbanded the senior national men’ s team following their recent performances in continental competitions.
Nigeria exited the 2018 African Handball Championships in Gabon in the group stage after losing all their four matches to Egypt , Angola , Morocco and DR Congo.
According to a statement from the federation, the HFN president Samuel Ocheho announced the team’ s disbandment at the end of the first phase of the Prudent Energy Handball League at the National Stadium in Abuja.
He said the decision to disband the team was made by the board , adding that it was to ensure a rebuilding of the team.
Ocheho said , “ From what we have seen in the national team, we discovered that we need to start using younger players . We need to go back and start using fresh legs. This game is very physical and if we need to regain the top spot in Africa , we must go back to the youths.
“ What we did after the outing in Gabon was to x – ray the team and tell ourselves the bitter truth. This is not to say that some of the players that went to Gabon will not make the new team. ”
But some of the players , who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said the decision was unfair.
One of the players said , “The federation said they want younger players in the team forgetting that experience is needed to win games as well. It is this same team that they feel is not good enough that went to the All Africa Games and brought back medals . ”
Another player said , “ Not all the junior players are ready to face the continental pressure . The team was without any activity for a long time before the last Nations Cup – how could we have done well at the competition ? But we will wait and see what comes of the decision and anyone called upon among us will honour the invite. ”