HFN in­vites 35 play­ers to camp for 2018 Na­tions Cup

Daily Trust - - OPINION - By David Ngobua

The Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Nigeria, HFN, has in­vited 35 play­ers to camp prepara­tory to the 2018 Na­tions Cup to be staged in Jan­uary in Gabon.

Dis­clos­ing this to Daily Trust yes­ter­day, the newly ap­pointed Head Coach of the men se­nior na­tional team, Michael Taan­ga­har said the camp will open on Sun­day in La­gos.

He said the play­ers were drawn from some of the hand­ball clubs in the coun­try and some for­eign based play­ers who are cur­rently on hol­i­day.

Taan­ga­har said the first phase of camp­ing will last till De­cem­ber when the num­ber of play­ers in camp would be pruned down.

“We have in­vited a to­tal of 35 play­ers to camp for the 2018 Africa Cup of Na­tions in Gabon.

“They are among the best play­ers we have in the hand­ball clubs around here. They will be joined in camp by some of our for­eign based play­ers who are hol­i­day­ing at home.

“The first phase of camp­ing will end in De­cem­ber. We shall then re­duce the num­ber as we try to set­tle for the best play­ers we would take to the cham­pi­onship,” he said.

The for­mer in­ter­na­tional who is hav­ing his sec­ond spell as the Head Coach of the team also said he knows most of the play­ers and their abil­i­ties.

He there­fore said he and other mem­bers of the tech­ni­cal crew will pro­duce a for­mi­da­ble team that would do the coun­try proud in Gabon.

“I know most of the play­ers I have in­vited to camp. I was the Head Coach in 2015 so I am not new to them and they are not new to me,” he noted.

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