The Handball Federation of Nigeria has invited twenty-five players to camp as the men’s national handball team gear up for next year’s Africa Senior Men’s Handball Nations Cup in Tunisia.
A statement by HFN Secretary-General Maigidasanma Mohammed said the listed players will begin camping ahead of Africa’s biggest handball championship in Lagos from December 1, 2019.
The 25-man list is dominated by domestic players who ply their trade for Prudent Energy Handball Premier League teams as well as seven foreign-based professionals like Obina Israel and Kalu Phillips who play in Israel, Yusuf Farouk who plays in the Macedonian top flight handball league and Rotibi Gbenga who plays in Saudi Arabia.
Nigeria’s team to Tunisia will be led by Salami Rafiu of Issy Handball club, with Solomon Yola Martins of Kano Pillars and Segun Tunji of Niger United as his assistants.
They will get technical support from Yerima Sylla who is on a traveller’s technical duty from the International Handball Federation (IHF) to assist the HFN.
The Africa Senior Handball Nations Cup will hold in January 2020 in Tunisia and Nigeria will play in group B alongside Angola, Gabon and Libya.
Solomon Michael (Kano Pillars), Adamolugbe Oladunjoye (Qatar), Mohammed Abbas (Niger United), Okwor Obinna (Confluence Stars), Atabo Abubakar (Safety Shooters), Aliyu Aminu (Niger United), Adigwe Emeka (Kano Pillars), Obinna Patrick (Israel), Mudashiru Abdulmajeed (De Defenders), Kalu Philip (Israel), Yaya Owolabi (Lagos Seasiders), Okubuike Kingsley (Kano Pillars), Ani Obinna (Israel), Rotibi Gbenga (Saudi Arabia), Cole Gbenga (Morocco), Atabo Abdullahi (Safety Shooters), Osamwonyi Olaye (Kano Pillars), Yusuf Faruk (Macedonia), Owolabi Adio (Lagos Seasiders), Emeana Emmanuel (Safety Shooters), Umahi Chinyere (De Defenders), Anas Mohammed (Niger United), Ibitoye Ayomide (Lagos Seasiders), Adamu Chris (Kano Pillars), Ojo Andrew (Kano Pillars).