December 06, 2023

Handball: Juma targeting podium finish with Rangers

Handball: Juma targeting podium finish with Rangers
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The Kimilili-based team has had just one trip to Nairobi so far, playing four matches for three wins to place fifth on the log with six points.

In their debut season in the Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) women's league, Rangers Women HC managed to put up a spectacular show and qualify for the Super Cup. 

The fourth-place finish in the regular league was an achievement in itself given that this is a largely school-based team that was up against some of the most experienced handballers in the country. 

As the 2023/24 season takes shape, coach Gerald Juma has intimated that the target for his girls is to improve on that debut season performance and reach the podium in the Super Cup. 

The Kimilili-based team has had just one trip to Nairobi so far, playing four matches for three wins to place fifth on the log with six points. This is ten points adrift leaders Nairobi Water Queens but the latter have played four matches more. 

"We make our second trip to Nairobi for the league this weekend with four matches on our cards. We will be gunning for maximum points," coach Juma offered. 

Unlike in their first weekend in the league, it is expected that the side will have an almost full squad now that it is a school holiday. Rangers could only raise 9 players in their first weekend this season, but that did not stop the side from winning 3. 

Coach Juma maintains that with schools closed and the national examinations that exempted some of his players from travelling about to end, the side will be in a good position to raise a strong squad for their November and December clashes.

"We will strive to play most of our matches in that period as the players are not only available but have more time to train during the holidays. We will be levaragibgbon this advantage to push ourselves to achieving out target of a top-three finish," the tactician further explained. 

 

Juma, however, is wary of losing some of his key players to the other league teams but in a quick rejoinder admits that it is the joy of the team seeing their products prosper elsewhere.

"We have several players already identified to join other teams as soon as they complete school and we cannot stop them as that is part of our model. We will rely on those that remain to fight," he explained. 

Saturday 11 November (Women) 

NYS vs Rangers 

Mountain Queens vs K.U 

Ulinzi Sharks vs N. Water 

Daystar vs Rangers 

K.U vs NCPB 

NYS vs JKUAT

Sunday 12 November (Women)

Rangers vs NCPB

JKUAT vs Amazon 

K.U vs NYS

Mountain Queens vs Rangers 

Daystar vs JKUAT 

K.U vs New Hope