Pishon handball club of Ilorin, a private club set up by former handball players, have once again gone to the national cadet championship with their known domineering spirit to stamp their authority in this year’s edition.
Last year, the club’s U-12 girls team dominated that segment of the championship defeating all the opponents that came their way. Kwara won the national title in the U-12 girls and U-15 girls.
This year, the club presented three teams. The three teams played in the final. Two won while one was defeated with a one-goal margin. All team finalists qualified for the Sweden tournament next year June.
It would be recalled that the Kwara state government could not sponsor the sole candidate to the next edition due to late preparation for the financial support of the team.
Kwara’s Abdulrasaq Idowu won the U-12 girls Most Valuable player, her compatriot, Wuraola Nuhu won that of U-15 girls. Also listed in the category Mustapha Mohammed of Niger won the MVP in the U-12 boys while Idango Samuel won the MVP for the U-15 boys.
Two Kwara athletes: Sidiq Muhinat won the best goalkeeper award in the U-12 girls while Ado Aishat won the best goalkeeper in the U-15 girls category. Ibrahim Mohammed of Niger won that of the U-15 boys and Niger’s Bologi Nasara won in the U-12 boys.
In the highest goalscorers category, two Kwara athletes made prominent show. Abdulrasaq Idowu won the U12 girls with 37 goals in her kitty. Kwara’s Olosasa Sukurat, who won the highest goalscorer prize in last year’s U-12 won the U-15 category with 18 goals.
Faruk Yusuf of Sokoto won the prize in the U-12 with 22 goals while Abubakar Ahmed won the prize for the U-15 boys with 44 goals.
Kogi and Rivers came second and third in the U-12 girls while Kogi and Rivers came third in the U-15 girls.
Niger won the U-15 boys beating Sokoto and Kogi to second and third places.
Sokoto won the U-12 for girls beating Niger and Kogi to second and third places.
The Kwara team was coached by Isiaka Atanda. He was assisted by Rebecca John, a national U-20 player also from Pishon Handball Club with Mike Oladele acting as Masseur. Tajudeen Abdulameen was club secretary.