Ochieng: Strength and speed essential for handball success

Ochieng: Strength and speed essential for handball success

Ochieng: Strength and speed essential for handball success

Nairobi water team

Nairobi Water handball club head coach Jack Ochieng has pointed out that experience gained by his players at the club championships held in Tangier, Morocco  was a great eye opener to the entire team and players.

Ochieng while speaking to michezoafrika.com had nothing but praise for his side that finished 9th out of 10 in the competition and highlighted some of the issues that affected the team’s performance at the tournament,

 “The pool we were in (pool B) was the toughest in the tournament compared to the other pool. If you find very good teams all pushed in one pool you will find it very hard to pass the group stages and keep in mind this was the first time we were playing at this level of competition.”

He went on to point out that the physical superiority of the other teams was the main undoing for his side, “honestly our opponents were just too big compared to us not that we are complaining but that was the main advantage they had over us, the physical dominance was a bit too much for us and if you ask anybody who knows handball they will know what advantage a bigger person has over a smaller opponent.”

“Even for the Kenya national teams (all categories) the physical factor should be on top of the list for any coach that will be selected to handle a team. That is what teams outside our region are focusing on, strength and speed and that is what I hope to relay on the Kenya Handball fraternity as a whole.”

In regards to the local league Ochieng says that the current season is theirs for the taking and the other teams should be wary as they have one agenda only, to win “the girls are on a break untill 4th of December when we resume training and our focus is now being champions of Kenya, hopefully we shall play one league match before the Christmas break and losing any match is out of the question for the team.”

Nairobi Water was the runners up of the East and Central Club Championship hosted by Kenya after losing 22-35 to Heritage from Congo in the finals.


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