Coach Rafiu Salami has selected sixteen players who will speak for Nigeria in the African Women Handball Championship which is slated to hold from June 6.

Leading the team is Benue Queen’s left-back Dorathy Nyagh alongside Prudent Energy Handball Premier League 2020 best goalkeeper Toyin Yusuf of Plateau Peacocks.

The duo of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League Champions Adorable Angels of Kwara Muhinat Yusuf and Wuruola Nuhu are included while Edo Dynamos duo Alaska Palang and Daina Saaloo make the cut.

Safety Babes quartet of Patience Amodu, Chisom Umeh, Ruth Ojo Iko, and Taiwo Raji are involved while Benin Republic-based players Rachael Ovetuo and Mercy Audu are the only foreign-based players to make the final team list.

The National Women Senior Handball Team has been undergoing massive training under the tutorship of Coach Rafiu Salami and his assistant Coach Yusuf Abdukadir for over a month at the Aguiyi Ironsi Cantonment in Abuja and have played a series of friendly matches to adjust for the match.

They are expected to travel to Yaoundé, Cameroon on Friday wherein they will play in group B against host Cameroon, DR Congo, and Kenya.



  1. Toyin Yusuf PLATEAU PEACOCKS, Nigeria.
  2. Patience Amodu SAFETY BABES, Nigeria.
  3. Alaska Palang EDO DYNAMOS, Nigeria.
  4. Daina Saaloo EDO DYNAMOS, Nigeria.
  5. Rachael Ovetuo ASPAC, Benin Republic
  6. Khadijat Musbau SEASIDER BABES, Nigeria.
  7. Mercy Audu ASPAC, Benin Republic.
  8. Ahamefula C. Grace ABIA VALIANTS, Nigeria.
  9. Chisome Umeh SAFETY BABES, Nigeria.
  10. Dorathy Nyagh BENUE QUEENS, Nigeria.
  11. Ruth Ojo Iko SAFETY BABES, Nigeria.
  12. Taiwo Raji SAFETY BABES, Nigeria.
  13. Muhinat Yusuf KWARA ADORABLE ANGELS, Nigeria.
  14. Adaobi Okoro DEFENDER BABES, Nigeria.
  15. Ashiawu Wuraola Nuhu KWARA ADORABLE ANGELS, Nigeria
  16. Ugochi Nnadi IMO GRASSHOPPERS, Nigeria.


  1. Rafiu Salami – HEAD COACH (Issy Handball Club, Masculin, France)
  2. Yusuf Ibrahim Abdulkadir -COACH (Plateau Peacocks, Nigeria).
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