Nigeria Succumb To 36-28 Defeat Against Bahrain At the IHF World Youth Championship
Nigeria started strongly but couldn’t keep up as they succumbed to a 36-28 defeat against Bahrain on Tuesday at the IHF World Youth Championship holding in Macedonia.
Bahrain were never behind in the whole match as Nigeria, making their debut in IHF World youth championship, kept in touch with just a two-goal deficit for nearly 40 minutes, but the fourth-placed African continental youth side could fell off in the last third of the match as Bahrain comfortably took the two points, leading by 10 in the final moments (35:25) before two late Nigerian goals made the scoreline a little bit more respectable.
The national cadet male team led by diminutive Ibrahim Dikko, constantly breathed down the neck of the Bahrainians but consistent goals from Mohamed Mohamed, who ended with 13 in the match, ensured that Asian side would see out the first half 17-13
The second half was pretty much same as the Emeka Nnamani tutored side couldn’t outscore Bahrain in fiercely fought second half of the interesting match played in the Boris Trajkovski Arena, Skopje, Macedonia.
With just seconds remaining, the influential Dikko fell awkwardly on his shoulder and had to be treated well after the final buzzer giving the coaching a big cause for concern.
Coach Nnamani declared his displeasure with the performance of the team but promised that changes will be effected in preparation for the next match against host, Macedonia on Thursday.
I am not satisfied with this match,” said Nnanami to wch2019championship.com.mk. “We played bad in attack, plus they are good team; however it’s our first match and I am sure that we’ll do better.”