Handball League: Ulinzi draw hands NCPB league title
The dropped point, in addition to the inferior goal difference has handed Brian Mathew-led National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) the league title.
Ulinzi Handball Team needed to win their men's league match against Strathmore University to keep hopes of reclaiming the league title alive.
However, the Nixon Oyaro-coached military side failed in their attempt to overpower the varsity side that has had a shaky season, playing for a 23 all draw in the match staged at Nyayo Handball Court on Sunday 19 March.
The dropped point, in addition to the inferior goal difference that would have been troublesome for Ulinzi to bridge even with a win against the millers, has handed Brian Mathew-led National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) the league title.
When the two sides clash in the final match of the season, it will now be a battle to protect the unbeaten run for NCPB while the military side will play for pride, and probably an attempt to end the opponent's winning streak, as the second place is sealed.
In Sunday's match, Eshiton Situma led the Peter Mwathi-coached varsity side in their quest for a win, scoring seven goals while Nicholas Munyua added six to the tally.
Noah Cheruiyot was the top scorer in the match with ten goals but his efforts did not count for much as other team top scorers were effectively stopped with only Kelvin Imo coming close with six goals.
With a match to play, NCPB headline the standings on 34 points from 17 matches while Ulinzi ate second on 31 from 15 wins one draw and one loss. Oyaro's charges fell to General Service Unit (GSU) in the only defeat suffered so far.
Strathmore's one point takes their tally to 27 to place fifth, a point and place behind Black Mamba.
GSU are third while Thika Engineers are sixth with 24 points. The side's qualification to the six-team Super Cup is, however, at the mercy of Kenyatta University (K.U) who are in seventh place on 22 points and a superior goal difference with a match to play.
Engineers will be hoping that K.U drop points in their last match of the season.
Meanwhile, in the women's league, Rangers HC have sealed their Super Cup slot with, having bagged three of the possible eight points in their final weekend of action.
Rangers won against New Hope but fell to NCPB Ladies as well as Nairobi Water before playing for a 24 all draw against Net Navigators to finish on 32 points, five more than the military side that was also in the running for a tip four finish.