In a thrilling showdown at the Africa Women’s Youth Handball Championship in Monastir, Tunisia, Nigeria clinched a podium finish by defeating Angola 28-24 in the third-place match on Saturday.
After seeing their hopes of becoming champions dashed in the semi-finals against Egypt, Nigeria’s under-18 women’s handball team went on to claim a bronze medal to crown their efforts in the competition. They approached the game with determination and started with great intensity, stealing the first half with a 12-7 lead.
With the Angolan team putting their efforts to match up with the team, Coach Shittu Adewunmi Agboola’s squad held their ground and ultimately triumphed with a final score of 28-24. This victory not only secured them the bronze medal but also marked a significant achievement by defeating a prominent team in African women’s handball.
With this Nigeria has earned a ticket to the IHF World Women’s Youth Handball Championship scheduled to hold in China next year. Additionally, they will participate in the IHF Trophy Intercontinental Phase following their victories in the zonal and continental phases in Ghana and Ivory Coast, respectively.
In the final match, reigning champions Egypt reaffirmed their dominance by comfortably defeating surprise finalists Guinea with a score of 29-16, thus retaining their title as the 2023 Africa Women’s Youth Handball Championship champions.