By Nathaniel Mobolade

The game of handball in Plateau State earlier in the 1980’s and 1990’s used to be the envy of other states in the country due to the abundance of talents.

This was the submission of a coach of Handball in the state, Coach Yusuf Abdulkadir,who is the State Female Handball coach and Assistant National Team coach.

Coach Abdulkadir disclosed this in an exclusive chat with ssimedia.com.ng in jos.

He stated that ‘there was hardly any handball National team that will not have between 5 – 8 players from Plateau State, even many states depends on the State handball players to make their teams

According to the Coach,the dwindling fortune of the game on the Plateau has been largely because of lack of better incentives for players here which other states take advantage of to poach on the State handball players to their states.

He said lack of facilities is another factor that has contributed to the downward trend of the game in Plateau State. Though, the two handball teams since 2018 have been winning a trophy in any of the competition they participate in.

The Assistant National Team coach, further stated that ‘since 2018 that I became the coach of The Vipers, we have become the national champion and getting atleast a trophy in any competition we participate in

He called on all stakeholders..Companies, Politicians and individuals to join hands with government in supporting the players to make the State what it used to be in sports generally not only Handball.

He, however, advised the Plateau Sports Council, to reach out to these critical stakeholders in sports to take part in the revival of these dying sports on the Plateau. He stated that the State has everything to attract foreign investors to the state when given the enabling environment to thrive.


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