Former Nigeria U20 handball player, Abubakar Atabo told www.aclsports.com that handball have contributed positively in his life since he venture into the sport.
Atabo who hails from Idah Local Government Area in Kogi state said handball has taken him to countries he never dreamed of traveling to.
The Safety Shooters player said the recently concluded Prudent Energy Handball League was a tough one.
He said, “I started handball at the age of 8 years, playing at the under 10, 12, 15, 17, 20 since 1998 and still in the game till date. I played for my state, Kogi before I got employment at the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
“I have represented the country in various junior championships, the Challenge trophy in Mexico where we came third representing the continent. On several occasions, I have gone to European countries like Spain for invitational tournaments.
“Handball has impacted positively in my life because when you love something and you are given the opportunity to do what you love; at least I have travel to several countries through handball”, Atabo stated.
Giving his opinion on the resuscitated handball league, he said, “The league was a success, at least from day one till the end, the injuries sustained were minimal and the league ended successfully.
“I will say all power belongs to God because as the defending champions, coming to defend your trophy and ending third shows that all the teams were aware against the champion. It was not easy; it was even a fight to finish third”.
Atabo revealed that he was in camp during the Africa Nation’s Cup trials but could not make the team.
He vowed to work hard in order to get a national call up.
“During the last senior team camping exercise to the nations cup, I was dropped at the dying minute, we camped in Lagos for a month and we were preparing for the nations cup.
“When the final list dropped I did not make the team but I believe with the training I have undergone, I will do my best in the next camping exercise”, he said.