The National Handball League Division 1 will start on Sunday

Teams participating in this year’s Division 1 National Handball Championship, the country’s second-tier league, are expected to start arriving at the venue in Benin City, Edo State, no later than October 8. for the competition which will take place from October 9 to 16.
The league, which serves as the promotion league for the 2023 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, is sponsored by the Edo State Government.
A statement signed by the General Secretary of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Almu Umar Lambu, urged states, clubs, academies and other league participants to immediately begin registration of their teams ahead of the championship to help organizers prepare for the event.
HFN chairman Samuel Ocheho previously praised the government for partnering with the federation in developing the game by agreeing to host and sponsor the second tier league.
“I must commend the Edo State Government for deciding to partner with us as a federation to continue the development of handball by committing to host the National Division One Handball League.
“Over the past few years, sports in general have really grown in Edo State thanks to the deliberate efforts of the government to ensure the sustainable development of the sector.
“Handball being one of the targeted sports, it has grown by leaps and bounds since the state government pledged to host and sponsor the league,” he said.
The league is in the second iteration of a four-year sponsorship deal and, according to Ocheho, “we hope this will continue to be a mutually beneficial relationship between HFN and the Edo State Government.”