Handball Premier League To Begin In October

A file photo of players during a match. Photo: HFN


The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) has announced that the kick-off date and venue of the fourth edition of the Premier League.

A statement by the Federation noted that the event would commence on October 8 at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

It added that the National Under 12/15 Handball Championship would take place from August 20 to 29 in Sokoto State.

The Federation also announced that the National Division One League would take place from July 9 to 17 2021 in Benin City, Edo State.

The National Division One League is the platform where teams compete to gain promotion to the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League.

According to the statement, the teams who were relegated in the 2020 Handball Premier League are not eligible to participate in the Division One League.

Players who participated in the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020 would also not be allowed to feature in the National Division One League.

The league, since its inception in 2018, has been a useful tool for talent discovery and development of the sport in the country.

Last year, Safety Shooters won the men’s title while Adorable Angels produced a stunning performance to win the women’s crown.

Handball Federation Of Nigeria Ready For National U-18/21 Championships

Matchday 7 Action At the Handball League. Credit: Handball Federation of Nigeria


The Nigeria Handball Federation has confirmed the stage is set for the National Under 18/21 Handball Championship scheduled to begin in Lagos from Friday, March 26 to April 1st.

Teams from states across the country, handball clubs, and academies are expected in Lagos today for the competition.

Action will take place at the Rowe Park Sports Centre in Yaba, Lagos and the secretary-general of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Alhaji Maigidansanma Mohammed confirmed that the federation has made adequate preparation to ensure that the competition is successful.

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So far, 37 teams from 15 states of the country have registered to compete at the championship that is expected to discover talents and develop the sport in the country

“Adequate preparation has been made to ensure that we have a successful competition and what is left is for teams to arrive on time for immediate registration”. Alhaji Maigidansanma said

“Teams are expected to arrive on Thursday as there will be a technical meeting on the same day”.

The HFN secretary-general also confirmed that screening will commence at 9am on Friday before hostilities begin later in the day.

Handball Federation of Nigeria Hopes To Achieve Bigger Things In 2021

A file photo of the logo of the Handball Federation of Nigeria.


The President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria Mr Samuel Ocheho has assured that his team is committed to making the sport much bigger and better this year.

Ocheho, in his New Year message, said the HFN has put everything in place to ensure that the federation’s vision and aspirations for 2021 are achieved to ensure the continued developmental advancement of handball in the country.

“On behalf of the entire Nigeria Handball Family, I want to wish all stakeholder of handball in Nigeria a happy New year.

“We hope to do much better than last year in ensuring that the vision and aspirations of the federation in the continued developmental growth of handball in the country is met,”  Ocheho said.

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While reiterating that the activities and events in HFN calendar for the year 2021 is sacrosanct, he urged stakeholders to work with the federation in repositioning the sport than in previous years.

“And so I urged the entire Handball family to continue to support the federation as we embark on activities that will continue to aid the development of sports in Nigeria,” he said.

Ocheho showed appreciation to sponsors who have worked with the federation and also called on other corporate organisations to support their activities this year which can assist to achieve set goals and objectives.

Handball Federation Of Nigeria Releases Programmes For Next Year

A file photo of the logo of the Handball Federation of Nigeria.


The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) have released their programmes for the year 2021.

In the list of programmes and activities released by the Secretary-General of the federation, Maigidansanma Mohammed, the Prudent Energy Handball Premier 2021, which is the top tier handball league in Nigeria leads the list of activities for the year.

The league sustains the format of two phases, the first phase to hold in May in Abuja while the final phase will hold in Lagos sometime in October.

The Women National Handball team will also be busy. They will be representing the country at the 24th Women’s Seniors Africa Nations Cup in Cameroon from the 11th to the 20th of June 2021.

The Nation’s Cup for women, which was supposed to happen in August 2020, was postponed by the Confederation of Africa Handball because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The 36th African Clubs Championship for the Winners’ Cup will hold from March 31 to April 9 2021.

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Meanwhile, the 2020 National Handball League Division One, which will see enable teams to gain promotion to the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020 will hold in February while Sokoto state will host the National U12/15  Handball Championship in August.

Other competitions are the Granoller Cup  Championship holding in Spain in July, Partille Cup International Championship  holding in Sweden around June/July, the 6thNational Youth Games  holding in Ilorin and the National Sports Festival which is expected to hold from January 3-18, 2020 in Edo State, amongst several others

The federation will also organise referees training/seminar in February, coaches seminar will be organised by the continental handball governing body CAHB and Seminar/Workshop for Nigeria Handball coaches in November 2021.

Safety Shooters Win 2020 Handball Premier League

Players and coaching staff of Safety Shooters in a group photograph after emerging league champions. Credit: Handball Federation of Nigeria


Safety Shooters are the new champions of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020.

The Federal Road Safety Corps male team defeated Plateau Vipers 30-23 on matchday 13 to ensure they maintain their lead on the standings with 30 points above Kano Pillars who despite defeating De Defenders 22-14, managed 26 points to finish second.

Seasiders Boys of Lagos are in third with 26 points but with lesser goal difference than Kano Pillars after they comfortably defeated COAS Shooters 42-31 in a match that tested their quality.

Borno Spiders have been relegated from the league 2020 after losing to Confluence Stars 34-21 while Rima Strikers continue to improve on their quest to get into the top three as they defeat Delta Force 31-24.

That result secured relegation for Delta Force.

Despite the terrible start of Niger United, managed to stay in the league on 9th position after beating Kada Stars 28-22

A champion is yet to emerge in the women’s category. But Edo Dynamos are now leading league standing despite losing 34-43 to the league’s surprise package, Adorable Angels.

The result confirmed Safety Babes will not retain their title as they are now second.

In other results, Imo Grasshoppers defeated Desert Queens 23-17 while Seasiders Babes secured their place in the league despite losing 29-28 to Kada Queens.

Matchday 13 Results

Men’s Category

Plateau Vipers 23 Safety Shooters 30

COAS Shooters 31 Lagos Seasiders 42

De Defenders 14 Kano Pillars 22

Delta Force 24 Rima Strikers 31

Niger United 28 Kada Stars 22

Borno Spiders 21 Confluence Stars 34

Women’s Category

Imo Grasshoppers 23 Desert Queens 17

Edo Dynamos 34 Adorable Angels 43

Kada Queens 29 Seasider Babes 28

Handball Premier League: Kano Pillars Fail To Consolidate On Title Chase

One of the players in an action during a match between Kano Pillars and Lagos Seasiders at the National Stadium, Abuja on November 11, 2020.


Defending champion, Kano Pillars failed to take a chance to consolidate their ambition of retaining their title on matchday 11 of the Handball Premier League taking place at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

In a clash with Lagos Seasiders, the Kano based team lost 30-24. The encounter exposed the champions’ inability to handle pressure and show character when needed.

COAS Shooters had to produce something special to defeat Kada Stars 31-30 while Rima Strikers beat Borno Spiders 32-27.

In the women’s category, Edo Dynamos extended their winning streak as they defeated Desert Queens 30-19 while reigning champions, Safety Babes secured a much needed 36-28 victory over Benue Queens.

Imo Grasshoppers and Defender Babes wrapped up the day’s proceedings with an entertaining 26-26 draw.

Lagos Seasiders Dikko Ibrahim and Abdullah Favour of Defender Babes received the most valuable player awards.

Matchday 11 Results

Women’s Category

Edo Dynamos 30 Desert Queens 19

Safety Babes 36 Benue Queens 28

Imo Grasshoppers 26 Defender Babes 26

Men’s Category

COAS Shooters 31 Kada Stars 30

Lagos Seasiders 30 Kano Pillars 24

Rima Strikers 32 Borno Spiders 27

Handball Premier League: Adorable Angels Earn More Respect, Niger United Still Sinking

Matchday 8 action.


League debutants, Adorable Angels are gradually becoming the delight of women’s handball in Nigeria at the moment going by their exploits at the handball premier League in Abuja.

After putting up an unbelievable performance to hold defending champions Safety Babes on matchday 7, they took the form into matchday 8 and disgraced Seasider Babes by 42-23 points

This season has shown that the women’s game is getting competitive and it was confirmed when Defender Babes and Kada Queens shared the spoils in an encounter that ended 21-21.

For the men, the struggle continues for Niger United as they lost to Confluence Stars 27-25, giving the 2018 champions a terrible losing record and solidified their place at the bottom of the league standings.

In other results, Safety Shooters defeated Kada Stars 30-25 while Lagos Seasiders Boys recorded a 24-17 victory over a depleted De Defenders side.

Defending champions, Kano Pillars had to work hard to defeat Rima Strikers 23-22 while Delta Force beat Borno Spiders by 25-22 points.

Barshar Mohammed of Rima Strikers and Wuraola Nuhu of Adorable Angels received the most valuable player awards.

Matchday 8 Results

Women’s Category

Seasider Babes 23 Adorable Angels 42

Defender Babes 21 Kada Queens 21

Men’s Category

Niger United 25 Confluence Stars 27

Kada Stars 25 Safety Shooters 30

Borno Spiders 22 Delta Force 25

Lagos Seasiders 24 De Defenders 17

Rima Strikers 22 Kano Pillars 23

Handball Premier League: Adorable Angels Hold Safety Babes

A file photo of the logo of the Handball Federation of Nigeria.


National division 1 champions, Adorable Angels produced a good show of handball, putting a stop to the progression of defending champion Safety Babes on matchday 7 of the Handball Premier League 2020.

In a dramatic match at the outdoor handball court of the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja (Package B), the league debutants played an unbelievable 31 -31 draw with Safety Babes.

More results from matchday 7 include; Defender Babes bating Desert Queens 32-19 while Kada Queens recorded a stunning 27-18 victory over former Champion Plateau Peacocks.

Joint table leader, Edo Dynamos kept their momentum going with a 30-27 victory over Benue Queens while Seasiders Babes slipped to 6th on the log after losing 31-21 to Imo Grasshoppers.

In the men’s category, Rima Strikers, inspired by the presence of the Sokoto State Commissioner of Sports, Comrade Bashiru Usman Gorau, ensured the continued winless streak of Niger United continued with a 24-21 victory while a determined Confluence Stars beat De Defenders 21-18

Lagos Seasiders defeated Delta Force 30-25 while second-placed Safety Shooters gunned down COAS Shooters with a 34-22 victory.

Defending Champions, Kano Pillars are still going strong and they showed their superiority by thrashing Kada Stars 36-22 while Borno Spiders kept their league hopes alive defeating Plateau Vipers 23-22.

Match Day 7 Results

Women’s Category

Safety Babes 31 Adorable Angels 31

Desert Queens 19 Defender Babes 32

Plateau Peacocks 18 Kada Queens 27

Benue Queens 27 Edo Dynamos 30

Seasider Babes 21 Imo Grasshoppers 31

Men’s Category

Rima Strikers 24 Niger United 21

Lagos Seasiders 35 Delta Force 25

Confluence Stars 21 De Defenders 18

Safety Shooters 34 COAS Shooters 22

Kano Pillars 36 Kada Stars 22

Plateau Vipers 22 Borno Spiders 23


UEFA Writes FIFA Requesting Change In Handball Law

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 28, 2020 shows the UEFA logo at the organization's headquarters in Nyon. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP
(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 28, 2020 shows the UEFA logo at the organization’s headquarters in Nyon. Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP


UEFA have asked FIFA president Gianni Infantino to change the handball rule to stop “growing frustration” following a spate of penalties awarded for the offence, European football’s governing body confirmed on Thursday.

In a letter to Infantino, UEFA chief Aleksander Ceferin asked that football’s lawmakers adjust the handball rule — which has been in place since March last year — so that referees can once again judge whether there is intent when a player handles the ball.

“The attempt to strictly define the cases where handling the ball is an offence has resulted in many unfair decisions which have been met with growing frustration and discomfort by the football community,” said Ceferin’s letter, which was sent on October 27.

The contents of the letter were confirmed to AFP’s sister sports agency in Germany, SID.

The news of the letter comes a day after the latest controversial spot-kick award, which put Chelsea two goals ahead in their 3-0 Champions League win over Rennes on Wednesday.

Rennes defender Dalbert, who had already given away the first penalty which had put Chelsea ahead, was sent off for a second booking following a VAR review when a Tammy Abraham shot bounced off his foot onto his arm.

The decision, and Timo Werner’s cool finish from the spot, effectively killed off the Ligue 1 side’s chances of getting a result at Stamford Bridge in their first-ever season in the Champions League.

Rennes president Nicolas Holveck was livid after the defeat in London, calling referee Felix Zwayer “the man of the match”.

“I would like someone to clearly explain to me the rules for handballs in the box … the score went to 2-0 without Alfred (Gomis, the Rennes goalkeeper) having to make a save.”

It was one of many penalty decisions that have angered players and managers and Ceferin in his letter suggested was against the “spirit of the game”.

Ceferin wrote to Infantino as it is the FIFA-controlled International Football Association Board which decides on the game’s laws.

FIFA has half of the eight IFAB votes, with the others belonging to the FA’s of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.


Handball Premier League: Safety Shooters Continue Fine Form, Niger United Lose Again

Handball players in Action on Match day 5 at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja


Federal Road Safety Corps team, Safety Shooters have continued their fine winning form at the ongoing handball premier league in Abuja with a 24-22 victory over struggling Niger United on matchday 5.

The win ensures Safety Shooters stay unbeaten but inflicted more pains on the 2018 champions, Niger United who are yet to record a win at this year’s campaign.

Coach of the Minna-based team, Yekini Adebayo admits his team lost a chance to redeem themselves and that puts them in a difficult position as they sit comfortably at the bottom of the table.

In other matches, Kada Stars made it a back-to-back defeat for Borno Spiders thrashing the team from Maiduguri 30-27.

Rima Strikers defeated Confluence Stars 32-27 while Delta Force suffered the shooting  COAS Shooters losing 34-25 to the Army Boys.

In the women’s category, Imo Grasshoppers recovered from the disappointment of matchday 4 to thrash Benue Queens 28-16, former champions Plateau Peacocks used experienced tactics to defeat Defender Babes 18-15 while defending champions, Safety Babes beat Kada Queens 25-20.


Match Day 5 Results

Women’s Category

Benue Queens 16 Imo Grasshoppers 28

Kada Queens 20 Safety Babes 25

Defender Babes 15 Plateau Peacocks 18

Men’s Category

Rima Strikers 32 Confluence Stars 27

COAS Shooters 34 Delta Force 25

Kada Stars 30 Borno Spiders 27

Niger United 22 Safety Shooters 24

Kano Pillars Win Again As Niger United Still Struggle At Handball Premier League

Match Day Four action at the handball premier league in Abuja. Credit: Handball Federation of Nigeria


Defending champions of the handball premier league, Kano Pillars have recorded back to back victories confirming their intention to retain their title with an impressive 30-22 victory over Borno Spiders on matchday 4.

It’s been a shaky start for the Kano based team at the ongoing campaign, they managed to edge out former champions, Niger United in their first match and got stunned by Safety Shooters on matchday two.

The champions picked themselves back up on matchday 3, beating COAS Shooters 31-21, and consolidated on that performance with today’s victory Borno Spiders.

But the struggle continues for former champions, Niger United. They are yet to record a win and have now lost three matches in a row and today’s 28-23 defeat to De Defenders 28-23 put a serious dent in their title ambition.

Team manager, Yekini Adebayo has blamed the exit of major players from the club for the poor performance.

Other results in the men’s category; Lagos Seasiders lost 25-23 to Safety Shooters, Plateau Vipers earned a 28-24 victory over Confluence Stars while Kada Stars had a comfortable 28-21 win over Delta Force.

In the only game played in the women’s category, Benue Queens thrashed Desert Queens 28-17.

Defending Champion Kano Pillars Fall On Match Day 2 Of Handball Premier League 2020

A photo of players in action during the game. Picture Courtesy: Handball Federation of Nigeria


Defending Champions of the Handball Premier League in Nigeria, Kano Pillars have been given reality shock after suffering a defeat from high flying Safety Shooters at the MKO Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

The Kano based team did everything they could to avoid defeat but could not contain the superior power of Safety Shooters who edged a 20-19 victory.

In other matches played in the men’s category, COAS Shooters showed some class in beating Niger United 30-28 while De Defenders did not struggle to defeat Kada Stars 26-20.

Another interesting encounter from matchday 2 was between Plateau Vipers and Delta Force. The team got maximum points with a narrow 21-20 victory over their opponents from Jos.

In the women’s category, defending champions, Safety Babes recorded their first win of the campaign with a 21-20 victory over Imo Grasshoppers while Edo Dynamos defeated Defender Babes 25-22.

Seasiders Babes got the best of their match Benue Queens with a 34-31 win while Kada Queens crushed Desert Queens 31-16 to conclude matchday 2 action.

Match Day 2 Results


Imo Grasshoppers 20 Safety Babes 21

Edo Dynamos 25 Defender Babes 22

Seasider Babes 34 Benue Queens 31

Desert Queens 16 Kada Queens 31


COAS Shooters 30 Niger United 28

De Defenders 26 Kada Stars 20

Plateau Vipers 20 Delta Force 21

Lagos Seasiders 26 Confluence Stars 23

Safety Shooters 20 Kano Pillars 19