Handball: Coach Shittu Picks Final Team For The Continental Phase Of IHF Trophy Africa

Coach Shittu Adewunmi Agboola has picked the final list of players that will represent Nigeria at the IHF Trophy Africa Continental Phase which will hold in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The Nigeria Girls Under 18 Handball Team jet out this morning, Monday, to Abidjan, Ivory Coast to participate in the continental showpiece which commences tomorrow August 8 to the 19th of August 2023.

Top on the list is captain Esther Matthew alongside the Babatunde twins of Seasider Babes of Lagos and goalkeeper Precious Samuel of Rima Strikers.

Others on the list include Bayelsa Queens player Vera John, Damilola Akinlade of Delta Force and Amina Mohammed of Rima Queens amongst others.

The team list is largely comprised of players that triumphed at the IHF Trophy Africa Zone 3 tourney which held in Accra, Ghana.

Nigeria will be playing in the under 18 category alongside Guinea, Madagascar and Rwanda and their first match will be against Guinea at 7pm on Tuesday August 8, 2023.

All matches will be played at the Centre ivoiro – coréen sports hall in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

The winner of the competition will represent Africa in the international phase of the IHF Trophy.


  1. Esther Mathew – Seasiders Babes
  2. Taiwo Babatunde – Seasiders Babes
  3. Kehinde Babatunde – Seasiders Babes
  4. Rahima Bello -RIMA Queens
  5. Prudence Samuel – Rima Queens
  6. Precious Samuel – Rima Queens
  7. AMINA Mohammed -RIMA Queens
  9. Lucy Onyekwere – Rima Queens
  10. Chidera Ogbusimba -RIMA Queens
  11. Damilola Akinlade – Delta Force
  12. Joan OKOLO -Delta Force
  13. Vera John -Bayelsa Queens
  14. Amarachi Oparaugo -Imo Grasshopper

Credit: Cosmos Chukwuemeka Akisi, HFN Media Assistant

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