Lagos - The Handball Federation of Nigeria has attributed the success of the Katsina State U-14 Handball team in the 2012 Patille Cup Handball Tournament in Sweden to determination and dedication.
Musa Hamza, the Technical Director of the Federation, made the remark while reacting to the team’s 20-9 victory over host, Sweden on Monday.
Nigeria was represented in the competition, which held from July 1 to July 7 by the Katsina U-14 and U-15 teams, but the U-15 could not go beyond the quarter-finals.
Hamza said that the young boys were too much for the host.
``They were highly determined and well dedicated to training and the end result is a remarkable victory for them. They are good ambassadors,” he said.
The technical director noted that the team was made up local players, who competed in the U-13 category of the 2011 edition of the championship and finished second.
``It shows that they learnt from their mistakes in 2011 and did their homework by training harder.
``It also shows the need to keep players in an age group competition together and groom them to mature into the next age group.
``That will guarantee continuity and excellence in our handball and even other sports,” he said.