Nigeria men’s national handball team have vowed to put up performances to make the country proud at the CAHB 2020 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Nigeria have been drawn with Angola, Gabon and Libya in Group B at the championship which will hold from 16 to 26 January and also doubles as a qualifying tournament for the 2021 World Cup.
Speaking from the team’s training camp, the team’s assistant coach Solomon Yola who has been holding brief in the absence of national team head coach Salami Rafiu, extolled the quality of players at his disposal and expressed confidence that his wards will surpass Nigeria’s highest ever finish of 4th place.
“I am very confident that this team will do well in the Nations Cup,” the Kano Pillars coach said.
“We have been preparing and I believe with the kind of work we have put into the team, we will surprise the sceptics who feel we won’t do well.
“The foreign based players will have it tough when they join the camp from next week as these players here are world class,” he said.
Lagos Seasiders’ Owolabi Yahya echoed his coach’s sentiments and pointed to the team’s discipline as a distinguishing factor which will serve them well in Tunisia.
“This team has a high level of discipline than every other team and with the support of our digital president (Sam Ocheho) who is the best sports administrator in Nigeria, we will do well and make Nigeria proud in Tunisia.”