After defeating Niger United of Minna in the men’s final of the third North Central Handball Championship, which was contested over the weekend in Makurdi, Benue State, FRSC Safety Shooters of Abuja successfully defended their title as North Central Handball champions.
The Abuja-based Shooters defeated Niger United 28-22 in the championship game to defend their title and perfect winning streak.
The two teams were tied on 12 points going into the championship game, with Niger United leading the log with a better goal differential, but the Shooters used their experience to defeat the high-scoring Niger United team, much to the delight of the sizable crowd that attended the championship closing ceremony on the handball court at the Aper Aku Stadium.
The NSCDC Defender Babes of Abuja, who compete in the women’s division, won the competition after defeating FRSC Safety Babes, 35–26, in the championship game.
Plateau Peacocks of Jos, who had seven points after Thursday’s concluding games, seemed to be the front-runners to win the championship after becoming the first team to defeat the women’s reigning champions, FRSC Safety Babes, 29-28 on Wednesday.
But the Defenders had other plans since they knew that a victory against their local rivals, the Safety Babes and the Peacocks from Jos, with a goals differential of at least +5 would be sufficient to claim the title of champions.
Peacocks ultimately slipped to second place, while the deposed champions, who had suffered two defeats at the hands of their primary rivals, settled for third.
Teams from the host state took the last two positions: Benue Queens placed fourth with 4 points, while Dream Girls of Gboko took fifth place with 0 points.