Edo State: Home of handball ready to host National Division One League

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Edo State: Home of handball ready to host National Division One League

Izuchukwu Akawor 21:09 - 21.07.2023

Benin City, Edo State is set up to be lit up with the best of handballing experience as host of the National Division One League.

Benin City is set to host the National Division One League from July 22 to 29th 2023.

Just about two weeks after the successful staging of phase 1 of Ardova Handball Premier League, Edo State, the proud sponsor of the National Division One League, will welcome teams eager to earn promotion into the top tier league.

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Secretary General of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) Mr Almu Umar Lambu in a statement said the teams are expected to arrive in Benin City on July 22nd while hostilities will begin the next day through to July 28th the departures are on July 29th.

He urged all teams to ensure they complete all their registrations ahead of the competition while also wishing them journey mercies to Benin City

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The top two teams in the men's and women's categories will be promoted to the Ardova Handball Premier League 2024.

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Niger United and Safety Babes were the leaders going into the off-season as the Ardova Handball Premier League 2023 phase 1 ended in Benin City, Edo State last week Wednesday.

teams are expected to receive improved financial rewards in the Ardova Handball PL.

Niger United stamped their footprint at the summit of the league table after they comfortably defeated Correction Boys 33-23 and ended the first phase with 30 points, two points more than Safety Shooters who settled for second with 28 points after struggling to defeat Confluence Stars 23-23.

Tojemarine Academy of Lagos are in third position with 27 points after they easily defeated Benue Buffaloes 28-19 while Lagos Seasiders also have 27 points as their city rival but they are in 4th position following their 34-32 thrilling victory over Bendel Dynamos.

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Defending champion Kano Pillars are in fifth position after they defeated Police Machine 26-23 while Rima Strikers got the biggest victory of day 11 as they trashed De Defenders 41-27 to end in the first phase of the league in 7th position.

In the women category Safety Babes of FRSC are certainly the Queen of the women category as they defeated Rima Queens 33-20. They maintain their lead on the women's category table with 27 points.

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That is two more than their Abuja city rival Defender Babes who are in second position with 25 points while Rima Queens are in third position with 23 points.


The MVPs for day 11 are Aminu Aliyu of Niger United and Ada Okey of Safety Babes.

The second phase of the Ardova Handball Premier League 2023 will hold in Lagos later in the year

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