The date for the International Handball Federation (IHF) Trophy Continental Phase championship slated for Brazzaville, Congo between December 12 and 18 has now been shifted.

In a letter sent to presidents of the participating countries and signed by the Secretary General of the Confederation of Africa Handball (CAHB), Charles Omboumahou, the new date is now from January 16 to 20.

Meanwhile, the Handball Federation of Nigeria President, Sam Ocheho, has congratulated the National Under 18 and 20 handball male teams for their good outing at the just-ended IHF Trophy Tournament for Africa Zone 3 in Cote d’Ivoire.

The countries’ representatives emerged victorious in the finals of the championship against hosts, Cote d’Ivoire and consequently booked spots in the continental championship scheduled for Congo.

Ocheho has charged the teams and their officials not to relent in their effort to win the IHF Trophy Continental Phase championship in Congo, adding that the board of the federation would continue to support the teams, as they intensify training for the continental championship.

“I am so happy that you all went to Cote d’Ivoire unassuming and came back heroes. Your exploits in the championship were one that people will not forget and I want to congratulate you for making Nigeria proud.

“I, on behalf of the board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria congratulate you and we want to charge you not to relent on your effort as there are still more mountains to climb and more feats to achieve.

“We still have the continental championships and that is important in our quests to get into the World championship. So, we urge you to keep the momentum and the federation will continue to support you as you commence preparation soon,” Ocheho stated.

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