Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria chase final slots …At Africa Zone 3 IHF Challenge

Nigeria, Cote d’Ivo­ire and Ghana have emerged potential candi­dates for the finals at the ongoing Africa Zone 3 International Handball Federation (IHF) Chal­lenge Trophy at the Tennis Arena of the Accra Sports Stadium.

As of press time, yesterday, the three countries were in pole posi­tions to book places in the finals of the U-17 and U-19 categories today.

The five-day handball festival commenced on Tuesday at the Accra Sports Stadium Courts with five teams – Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria and host country Ghana competing at the youth tournament and four teams in the juniors’ category.

They are Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Ghana.

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In the opening encounter, Ghana’s U-17 female team defeated Benin 36-22 while in the second game, Nigeria humiliat­ed Liberia 44-8, all at the U-17 level as both countries set out to dominate.

By day two, Liberia established themselves as the whipping girls of the female championship as they lost 14-52 to the Ghana U-17 side and suffered another humiliating 09-57 defeat to Benin at the U-19 level.

Ghana also recorded her first defeat of the tournament in the U-19 division as Cote d’Ivoire tri­umphed 33-29 in an entertaining game. The Ivorians replicated the same performance at the U-17 level where they thrashed Benin 37-26.

Ghana made amends on day three with a 21-16 win over Be­nin at U-19 where Cote d’Ivoire also mauled Liberia 62-05.

Nigeria then handed Ghana a 49-29 defeat at the U-17 level while Cote d’Ivoire recorded a 48-08 victory over Liberia.

Winners of the various catego­ries will qualify for the continen­tal phase of the Women’s IHF Trophy championship.


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