Abuja - Bala Mohammed, the Chief Coach of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) handball team, has called for the organisation of more handball competitions in the country.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja that organising competitions would help to determine the standard of a player after some level of training.
Mohammed, who spoke after Day Two of the matches in the second phase of the FCT handball open championship, said that more competitions were necessary for players' development.
"Every coach can assess his players through their participation in competitions, and this provides an avenue to rate the standard of their players with other teams."
According to him, training a team without assessing them through competitions cannot make the players stand out among their peers.
"Engaging them (players) in friendly matches will, however, help build their skills and confidence.
"But in a competition like, this (the FCT handball open) is the only way you can determine the standard of a player after training.
"It also gives the players the opportunity to showcase their talents."
Commenting on the on-going open championship, Mohammed said the competition was to prepare all the teams towards the forthcoming National Handball League and also to encourage the game of handball.
The match on Tuesday, which was played between the Civil Defence and Ondo Owena ended in 25-25 draw, while the Safety Shooters beat the Prison Key Boys 44-37.
The coach said that all the teams in the competition had been trying their best, stating that a clear leader would emerge after the second phase.
Mohammed said the FCT team was participating in the competition to enable them prepare for the 18th National Sports Festival, expressing optimism that they would get to the finals.
"Most of the FCT boys are equally playing very well in this competition. They are out-classing some of the first-class teams and this is surprising to us.
"It shows that FCT is actually doing a lot to ensure that the team is highly represented at the festival and am very optimistic of this team getting to the finals at the festival."