Nigeria Under 18 and under 20 team have been crowned champions of the IHF Trophy Tournament for Africa Zone 3 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
The Nigeria teams defeated host Ivory Coast in both finals in what was a cagey affair to the disappointment of several Ivorian fans who were rooting for their team.
The under 18 team led by Coach Emeka Nnamani crowned their superlative performance at the championship as they defeated Ivory Coast 29-24 to win the championship with 100% performance. Niger Republic came third in the under 18 category as they defeated Benin Republic 27-25.
The under 20 Nigeria team under the tutelage of Coach Fidelis Obi found it difficult in a tensed final against Ivory Coast but they persevered to score the last shot of the match which earned them 29-28 victory over the host. Niger Republic also came third as they defeated Burkina Faso 30-24.
With this victory, Nigeria’s Under 18 and under 20 team team will participate in the continental IHF Challenge Trophy which will hold in Brazzaville, Congo from December 12 to 18, 2022.