February 23, 2024

Mixed results for Kenyan sides as ECAHF continues

Mixed results for Kenyan sides as ECAHF continues
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The women's competition will have KDF's Ulinzi Sharks who lost their opening match on Friday to Nairobi Water play Nkajja as JKT square it out with Juba City ladies.

Day two of the East and Central Africa Handball Federation (ECAHF) championship, ongoing at Nyayo court, had Kenyan teams posting mixed results.

General Service Unit (GSU) men opened their campaign on a winning note, surviving a 29-28 scare from Uganda Prisons with Frenwick Opicho leading the scores with 7 for the Kenyan paramilitary side.

The Joseph Okemwa-led men led 15-09 at halftime but almost lost it all the second part of the game, holding on for the slim win.

Up next in the men's competition was Peter Mwathi's Equity HC taking on former ECAHF champions Rwanda Police, the Kenyan side going down by a solitary goal in another 29-28 outcome.

The Rwandese side led 15-14 at halftime but returned for a second-half show that gave them a four-point gap at 25-21 before the bankers mounted an unsuccessful comeback, running out of clock to force a draw.

"We started slow and did not bring the energy needed in the game until the last five minutes. We also fell into foul trouble and got many two-minute suspensions that forced us to play with fewer players on the court.

We wanted to have a good start as that builds a good foundation for the rest of the competition but I believe in the team. Nothing is lost. We will strive to win all our remaining group matches," Equity's Kevin Obunga offered after the clash.

 

Meanwhile, Nixon Oyaro's Kenya Defence Forces'( KDF) Ulinzi HC recovered from a slow start that had them trailing 20-18 at halftime to their Ugandan counterparts UPDF.

Kevin Imo who has been instrumental for the military side scored 10 goals with Gideon Kiprotich adding 9 as they led Ulinzi's comeback for a 45-43 win.

In the women's competition, National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) made easy work of Tanzania's JKT for a 40-25 convincing victory.

On Tuesday, Uganda's Evergreen open the day's action with a clash against Rwanda Police as Equity go on a redemption mission against Uganda Prisons.

NCPB men take on UPDF as Juba City play Gichumbi.

The women's competition will have KDF's Ulinzi Sharks who lost their opening match on Friday to Nairobi Water play Nkajja as JKT square it out with Juba City ladies.