Another death has been recorded in the Nigeria sports fraternity.

The immediate past President of the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN), Yusuf Dauda is the latest casualty.

He died on Wednesday night at the age of 61, the HFN Secretary, Mohammed Maigidansanma, has said.

Mr Maigidansanma said on Thursday that the former HFN boss died at his residence in Minna after he was discharged from a hospital.

He described the death as shocking and saddening, adding that it was a huge loss to Nigeria’s handball family.

“We just lost our immediate past president in the person of Yusuf Dauda, who died late night in his house. His family members broke the sad news to me at 1.00am this morning.

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“I doubted the news at first but when series of calls started coming to me this morning, I realised that, of a truth, Alhaji Dauda has really gone. It is sad.

“It is painful; the handball family is bereaved because we have lost a very dedicated member who, even after his tenure, was still in the board and relevant,” he said.

The HFN scribe also confirmed that arrangements had been concluded by the family members to bury late Mr Dauda in Minna on Thursday, adding that some officials of HFN were on their way for the burial.

Samuel Ocheho, Current HFN president, in reaction to the death, described the late Mr Dauda as a strong member of the HFN board and someone who had given his time to handball in the country.

Mr Ocheho also said that the death of Mr Dauda had put the handball family in mourning.


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