- …Gwagwalada, Kuje, AMAC emerge Champions
By Amaechi Agbo
The Chairman, FCT Handball Association, Ambassador Dr Edward Olutoke on Saturday doled out six hundred thousand naira (N600, 000) to the four best players and their coaches at the just concluded 2022 FCT U-12/U-15 Inter-Area Council Handball.
Ambassador Olutoke who described the performance of the kids as exceptional announced the gift of one hundred thousand naira (N100, 000.00) only to the players as well as their coaches for distinguishing themselves during the four-day tournament.
“I am very much happy today that these children answered us when we called them. They came here and entertained us with beautiful handball display and we as aboard could not have asked for more.
“To this end and to motivate these children, I will give each of them the sum of N100, 000.00,” he said.
He further announced that of the coaches who prepared them
“Of course these children could not just have come on their own. There are people who prepared them very well for this competition. Therefore, they will also get N100, 000.00 from me.”
He directed the players to send in their parents bank account details to the association ‘s secretary for the payment to be effected.
Two players from the Abuja Municipal Area Council, Jumai Samson Bado Bameyi
as well as Kuje Area Council, Deborah Danjunma, Johnson Nabala each won the Best players awards with the former winning both female and male U-12 categories while Kuje won the U-15 male and female categories.
In the U-15 female, Most Valuable Player award went to Deborah Danjunma of Kuje. In the female U-12 category, Jumai Samson from AMAC was outstanding as she won the Most Valuable Player
In the U-12 male category, Bado Bameyi of AMAC won the Most Valuable Player while Kuje Area Council’s Johnson Nabala showed his talent as he emerged the Most Valuable Player in the male U-15 category
Gwagwalada, Kuje, AMAC Emerge Champions
Meanwhile, Gwagwalada Area Council, Kuje and Abuja Municipal Area Council have emerged winners of the 2022 FCT U-12/U-15 Inter-Area Council Handball Championship concluded on Saturday.
In the finals held at the Multi-purpose Handball Indoor Sports Hall Old Parade Ground Garki Abuja, Gwagwalada emerged winners of the U-15 male category while Kuje won the U-15 female category. AMAC showed dominance as they won the male and female U-12 categories.
Kuje emerged the overall winner in their round rugby group U-15 female games while AMAC and Bwari Area Council came 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the U-12 male category final, AMAC defeated Abaji 18-11 to win the trophy while Kuje went home with the bronze after beating Kwali Area Council 21-11 in the 3rd place match.
AMAC made it two victories in the tournament after the U-12 female team humbled their Bwari Area Council counterparts 19-1 in the final while Kuje placed 3rd.
Abuja Municipal Area Council dominated the Individual Awards after the final.
In the U-15 female, Most Valuable Player award went to Deborah Danjunma of Kuje while Deborah Kin Kin of AMAC won the Highest Goal Scorer award with 12 goals. Kuje goalkeeper, Bethsheba Isaac won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
In the female U-12 category, Jumai Samson from AMAC was outstanding as she won the Most Valuable Player award while her teammate, Ladi Sunday went home with the Highest Goal Scorer’s Award with 21 goals. Bwari Area Council’s goalkeeper, Hope James won the Best Goalkeeper Award.
In the U-12 male category, Bado Bameyi of AMAC won the Most Valuable Player, his compatriot, Ephraim Enoch went home with the Highest Goal Scorer’s Award with 24 goals.
The Best Goalkeeper Award went to Zaradeen Abdulamid of Abaji.
Kuje Area Council’s Johnson Nabala showed his talent as he emerged the Most Valuable Player in the male U-15 category while Francis Bulus of AMAC with 27 goals got the Highest Goal Scorer’s Award for his effort.
Joseph Morgan of Gwagwalada won the Best Goalkeeper Award for the U-15 male category.
Dignitaries that graced the finals were the President, Handball Federation of Nigeria HFN, Mr Samuel Ocheho and the Secretary-General, Commonwealth Handball Association, Mr Jubril Saidu both of whom were represented by Alhaji Hussaini Mohammed, a board member of the HFN.
Others are FCT Sports Council Director, Mr Lukas Istifanus; first Nigerian coach to take the national Handball team to Olympics in Barcelona 1992, Coach Patrick Atusu; FCT Handball Association Chairman, Ambassador Dr Edward Olutoke and his Board members, and other personalities.