Adeola Opeifa, the immediate past chairperson of the Lagos State Handball Association (LSHA), has described the state teams’ outing at the just-concluded National Youth Games (NYG) as an inspiring delight.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the LSHA junior boys and girls won gold medals at the 4th NYG held in Ilorin from Sept. 7 to Sept. 17.
Opeifa told NAN on Thursday in Lagos that she was impressed with the performance of the young players which proved that Lagos was indeed a force to reckon with in the game of handball in the country.
“What an exceptional performance by our young players, its a thing of pride to have our boys and girls successfully scale through the preliminaries and won gold medals for Lagos.
“We have a slogan that we are pacesetters and our team's victory at the Games being our first outing has confirmed it, kudos to the players and dedicated coaching crew,” she said.
She urged the players and coaching crew to sustain the spirit of dedicated training and passion, which went a long way to enhance their skill in the sport.
According to her, the body has instilled a passionate training zeal in the young players, making them to train in and out of competition at the Courts in Row Park, Yaba.
“The benefit of constant training and dedication in trainings has come to bear in the foundation of the players and its is a good spirit for their career,” Opeifa added.
In the same vein, Chukwuemeka Duru, technical director of LSHA, told NAN that he was not surprised at the teams’ victory as they were thoroughly mentored on the rudiments of the sport.
Duru added that in spite of the fact that it was their first outing since the inception of the Games, the players were composed and exhibited good skills in their wings which portrayed them as well organised.
“We have never relented in training and that has helped us to build formidable teams in all categories, so I expected this victory, and we thank God for everything,” he said.