Nigeria are on the verge of an ignominious exit from the Women’s Africa Handball Championship after a second straight loss this time to hosts Cameroon on Thursday.
The women who had lost their Group B opener to DR Congo on Tuesday had no answers in the face of the superior firepower of the hosts as they crashed to a 31-19 hiding.
Nigeria seemed intent on rectifying their poor start in their opening game against the Congolese and were quick out of the blocks against the Cameroonians, matching them in all areas on the court.
A tight first half ended 14-13 with Nigeria trailing by a single point, but while Cameroon came out reinvigorated after the break, Rafiu Salami’s side seemed strangely shorn of belief and looked a completely different side as the hosts scored at will on their way to a comfortable victory.
DR Congo lead the group after they routed Kenya 42-16, Cameroon are second with Nigeria and Kenya who are also without a win occupying third and fourth in the table.
Nigeria can still qualify for the quarter-finals but they must defeat Kenya in their final group match and hope the result is good enough to see them finish amongst the two best losing teams.