The President of Handball Federation of Nigeria, Sam Ocheho said the 2021 Prudent Energy Handball League will no longer be in phases but will hold on consolidated basis in October 2021.
Ocheho said the decision was made after due consultation with stakeholders who did not think playing through the Ramadan period was ideal.
He said the HFN board listened to the wishes of the stakeholders hence the 2021 Prudent Energy Handball league will be holding on a consolidated basis this year as it was last year.
He said, “In the revised calendar released by the Handball Federation of Nigeria, the top tier premier handball league which was hitherto played in phases with the first phase slated to hold in Abuja this May, will now hold in the Nation’s Capital (Abuja) later in the year in October in one consolidated event.
“The teams will play round robin games amongst themselves and the league winners as well as the relegated teams will be decided.
“The first phase of the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2021 would have held in May but Stakeholders were not prepared to play through the Ramadan.
“Some wanted the division one to hold to bring about more competitiveness in the league as that will ensure demotion and promotion of new teams.
“I must emphasise this is no fault of the sponsors as they are ready and willing to work with the decisions of the handball community”.