The 2018 Lagos State Secondary Schools Handball Championship tagged Opeifa Cup is gathering momentum as schools battle for places in the knockout stage scheduled to begin on Thursday.

In some of the matches played yesterday at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Lagos City College mauled Gbaja Boys 11-2 in a group C senior category encounter while Zumratul Boys triumphed 10-5 over Aiyetoro and also defeated Adebola Baptist in their other match in group D.

Former champions, Archdeacon Adelaja Memorial School also enhanced their qualification chances with a 5-0 win over United Christian School same as Surulere Girls who saw off Zumratul 3-0 and also defeated Mainland Girls 10-0 in group A.

Tough game. Two of the teams battling for glory

In the junior category, St. Lukes Schools triumphed 4-0 over Mushin Junior Girls just as Bariga Girls saw off Denton Junior Girls 1-0. Jibowu Boys proved too much for Mushin Boys with a 4-0 win while Alaka Junior, Eletu Odibo and St. Francis bagged 2-1, 4-1, 3-0 wins respectively over Estate Junior, Gbaja Junior and Ilupeju Secondary Junior School.

Handball Federation of Nigeria President, Sam Ocheho expressed delight at the high turnout of schools stressing the country is on the right path to ensure total development of the game.

He said, “When over 400 students are playing every day in a competition that runs for five days, it shows we are getting there. School sport is the solution to the development of sports in Nigeria and as a federation we will make sure that we build on the success of this tournament which is getting bigger and better each year.”

The officials stand