Nigeria’s men national team handball faces another tough test at the ongoing Africa Handball Nations Cup in Tunisia as they faced Libya on Saturday.
The country’s hopes of qualifying for the IHF Handball World Cup in 2021 were extinguished at the hands of Gabon who inflicted a second straight loss on the men’s national handball team at the Africa Handball Nations Cup in Tunisia.
Having lost their tournament opener to Angola on Thursday, victory against Gabon who had drawn their first game against Libya would have kept Nigeria’s hopes of progress alive but they came up short in a narrow 26-24 loss on Friday.
The loss keeps them bottom of Group B and they cannot qualify for the knockout stage.
However, they must win their last game to put themselves in a good position for the classification.
The current team would want to avoid a repeat of what happened in 2018, when the team finished bottom of the group before they were disbanded by the federation.
Libya, meanwhile, drew their first game 22-22 against Gabon before suffering a defeat to Angola by a slim margin of 20-19.