Rivers State handball coach, Olusanjo Ogundoro has stated his targets for the third edition of the national youth games in Ilorin following the outcome of the south-south zonal elimination series in Benin last week.
Team Rivers male and female, Akwa Ibom male and Bayelsa female handball team all qualified to represent south-south at the 2017 national youth games.
Team Rivers (male) beat team Akwa Ibom while the Rivers State female team were beaten by Bayelsa in the final of the elimination series in Benin.
Ogundoro described the elimination process as a tough one. He however expressed confidence that the teams would perform well at the youth games next month.
“I am confident south-south will have a good representation. We will conquer in team sports and other individual sports,” he told aclsports.com.
Team sport returns to the 2017 edition after it was removed from the events listed for the second edition in 2016.
Ogundoro said he wants to surpass his 2013 performance where he returned home with a bronze medal.
“My target is to go there to compete and also come back with a medal for the region.”
The handball coach appealed to the Rivers State government to motivate and prepare the players ahead of the games.
The third edition is scheduled to take place between 7-17 September in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.