Partille Cup, world largest handball youth tournament brought together thirty seven countries across all continents of the world to Gothenburg in Sweden. It is a yearly tournament that allows the youth across the world to meet their counterparts in the handball game for challenges, fun, and relaxation mood. Skandik Afrik crews followed the tournament and asked participants especially from the Africa continent what they feel about the game, the city of Gothenburg and the challenges they are facing in their home countries in developing handball among the youths. In Partille Cup 2012, there were only three African countries that participated in the tournament, which were, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Egypt.
A united handball family posing for picture
Alexandria SC player in action
A Niger Delta on air with the ball.
Condusive environment to relax at the Partille Cup centre.
Xipepereki Simbiso, vice president of the Zimbabwe Handball Federation (ZHF) has this to say about the development of handball in Zimbabwe.
- The development of Handball in Zimbabwe is at an advanced stage with a majority of secondary schools playing Handball. Currently Zimbabwe Handball Federation is organizing an International level coaching course for primary school coaches which will produce 200 coaches that will teach the primary school pupils. The Zimbabweans are very enthusiastic about the game of Handball and is putting logistics in place to ensure that every year it will send teams to all Partille Cup organized games.
The projection of Zimbabwe Handball Association (ZHF) future plan is to put in place strategic plan for 10-15 years and a monitoring and evaluation system for the development of Handball. Although, the association will need a lot of help in provision of equipment and training materials like balls, training shoes, clothes etc. to achieve these objectives.
Interview with Vice President of Zimbabwe Handball Federation,Mr Simbiso
Zimbabwe National Team (OS)
Zimbabwean player aiming to score.
Yusuf Dauda, President of Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) relates to Skandik Afrik crew its association vision and achievements within the period he took over the leadership of the organization and their future plan to bring more youths to Partille Cup tournament every year.
-The Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN) major aim is to develop Handball among the youth in Nigeria and establish youth development where in future every family will be interested in playing handball in Nigeria. The HFN, organizes many championships some of which are
- In 2011, NHF hosted 33rd African Championship for both men and women
- Organized National League Handball championship in Kaduna, Nigeria with over 120 matches played in ten days.
- Nigeria won gold medal in Partille Cup 2012 by boys age 14.
- They won gold medal in female category at first edition of ECOWAS games in Abuja. Nigeria while the boys won silver.
Skandik Afrik also met some of the officials of the teams that came late to the competition.
Here is what Niger Delta boys 15 lead by team leader Kwashi Thompson said
-The Niger Delta team is a regional team from Niger Delta in Nigeria and it is under the umbrella of Handball Federation of Nigeria. The team was sponsored to Partille Cup by Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) with the aim to fulfill her capacity development policy to encourage and empower the youth through sports and reorder the society most especially the youth from Niger Delta to turn away from vices like militancy and crime and to open windows of opportunities for carriers in professional handball. Even though they came to the tournament very late due to delay in issue of visa, they were able to get to quarter final before losing in this year competition and have been able to demonstrate how passionate the Niger Delta region were to handball which made them to come despite missing three days out of six days in the Partille Cup tournament.
Niger Delta boys 15 with their counterpart from Norway
Nigeria team that won Gold at the Partille Cup
Skandik Afrik also spoke to the leading coach of the EL-Shams club, Mahmoud Mostafa
- EL-Shams club is a united team that works together all the time and the team has a lot of potentials to be world handball champions. We started playing handball with the kids when they were five years old. We came second in the Boys category 11 after losing to the Danish team TIK Taastrup in the final.
EL-Shams Club from Egypt
Young and talented eleven years old handball player from EL-Shams club.
Photograph by; Katrin Nilsson and Stefan Surya Andersson.
Video by; Gloria Matuka
Edited by ; Kenneth Fagbe