The Nigerian national team wrote history at the IHF World Youth Championships in Skopje after defeating Canada, (17:19) in the rookie duel of the lest day of competition for them.
For Nigeria, this was the first appearance of a IHF World Championships and it ended with only one win in seven matches, while Canada, which also debuted in the competition, finished without a triumph.
Both teams played an equal first half, in which Nigeria managed to make it to the finish line and leave with 17:19 to go. He kept this advantage throughout the second half and finally deserved the first joy of the championship.
IBRAHIM DIKKO, PLAYER OF NIGERIA
“We are happy that after six matches lost we managed to win and close our debut in a big international competition. We gave our best.
EMEKA JOSEPH NNANAMI, HEAD COACH OF NIGERIA
“I am happy. Winning this match is a big deal for us. It would not be good for Nigeria if we came to the World Cup and did not come home with a win. This victory for us is like winning the championship. I am happy and satisfied.”
DUDLEY DE CAZY GASPARD, PLAYER OF CANADA
“Our first appearance on a big competition, so it was not about winning, it was about learning. We played seven very important games for us and the whole team is really proud just to be here.”