By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Commissioner for Sports and Youths Development, Mr Salisu Ogwu has lauded the State Handball Association has over a successful hosting of 2019 Inter Local Government Under 18 and Under 21 (Male and Female) competition in the state.
Ogwu made the this known after an enthralling final decided at the Sport Complex Phase II Lokongoma, Lokoja Kogi State recently.
He commended the State Handball executives for springing into action within a short period of assuming office.
The Commissioner added further that, the ministry through the support of the state government is ready to enhance and sponsor the activities of various Sports sector in the state.
Salisu urged the crop of talents discovered to be hard working and also give priority to there education as both has to go side by side.
Speaking to press men after the competition, the newly appointed chairman of Kogi State Handball Association, Mr. Jubril Seidu noted that the competition became urgent as there is a need to reposition the sport in the state and build on the past glory.
He further added that the Handball Federation under his leadership would focus on bringing up hidden talents and make them international stars, while adding that one of the motivation for participating teams is the opportunity to represent Nigeria in international competitions.
Earlier in his remark, the Kogi State Director of Sport, Mr. Sunday Daku thanked the handball executives for reviving the handball games across the local government.
Daku pleaded with the state government to give priority to sports athletes in the state to enable the state not to loose it athletes to other states.
The results of the competition are, Omala Under 18 (Female) 1st, 2nd Idah, 3rd Lokoja. Final result Omala 4-2 Idah.
Under 18 (Male) 1st Idah, 2nd Lokoja, 3rd Yagba East. Final results Idah 19-8 Lokoja. Under 21 (Female) Winner Idah, won as the only representative for the female category. Under 21 (Male) 1st Ibaji, 2nd Kabba, 3rd Lokoja.
The best players in the tournament will be called to camp ahead of the National championship which is expected to kickoff on 7th March 2019 in Lagos.