The national handball teams will not participate in the 20th African Handball Championships holding in Morocco from January 10 to 12 because they lack funds.
The President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Dauda Yusuf, told newsmen yesterday that the body could not raise adequate funds to participate in the competition.
“We made efforts to secure sponsorship but our efforts yielded nothing as those we approached have yet to respond,’’ Yusuf said.
However, he noted that the country’s failure to participate in the championships will not attract any penalty.
Yusuf appealed to the public and the private sector to assist the federation to grow the sport this year.
Meanwhile, the Angola Handball Federation yesterday dispatched a delegation to Morocco to prepare the grounds for its teams.
The delegation, led by the federation’s Chairman, Pedro Godinho, and his deputy, Ilídio Candido, is expected to inspect facilities and make accommodation arrangements.
Already, the Angolan male team is in Leiria, Portugal, for pre-competition training, while the female team is in France from where they will proceed to Morocco.
The Angolan male team is in the same group with Nigeria, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Algeria and Cameroon, while the female team is grouped with Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon.