The Kenya Handball National League is back after a break to pave the way for International Handball Federation Zone 5 Youth and Junior Championship
High flying National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) Men’s team will seek to consolidate their lead at the top of the Kenyan Handball Federation Men’s League table when they take on University of Eldoret Pipers on Sunday at 12:30 pm at the Nyayo National Stadium handball Court.
The Nairobi based Cereal men are tied on 26 points with Ulinzi from 13 matches but top the league on goal difference.
NCPB Coach Boniface Macharia is focused on ensuring the defending Champions maintain their lead to the finish Line.
“We taking this league matches seriously and the boys are ready for this weekend’s fixtures. We shall defend our lead with all we have. As we resume to defend out title we shall also be using this matches as preparation for the forthcoming East and Central Africa Club Championship in Zanzibar in December. We are aiming to do better than the first runner up position we attained in our last edition,” Macharia told michezoafrika.com.
Macharia further stated that they have used the breaks in between league to keep their match fitness as best as possible.
“The break gives us rest and rest is also good as it allows our players to rest and rejuvenate”
Third-placed Black Mamba have 20 points from 12 matches and will face Eldoret based Pipers on the same date at 16:00 hours.
In the Ladies league fixture, Kimilili Rangers take on New hope at 9:00 am on Saturday at Nyayo National Stadium then N.C.C at 3pm before winding up their trip to Nairobi on Sunday against Rising Star and Daystar at the same venue.
Speaking to michezoafrika.com , Kimilili Ranger Coach Gerald Juma exuded confidence in winning all their matches this weekend.
“We are confident of getting maximum points this weekend since the fixtures are not very challenging. We respect all teams, but we also believe in our abilities. Our Immediate objective is to get into the top four position and this weekend gives us that opportunity to be counted among the best “ he concluded
If the Kimilili Rangers collects maximum points in the four games, they will be tied on 20 points with Ulinzi Sharks who are currently in second position. NCPB are placed 3rd on the log with 18 points from 11 matches played but take a rest this weekend.
The Kenya Handball National Leagues had taken a break last weekend to pave the way for the International Handball Federation Zone 5 Youth and Junior Championship. In the Youth Category Burundi Defeated Rwanda 40:37 having led 19-18 at Half time. Kenya on the other hand finished Third defeating 36-34 having led the visitors 20-11 at half time in the 3rd and fourth playoff matches
Rwanda took defeated Uganda to be crowned champions in the junior Category in a closely contested match that ended 39-37 in favor of the Rwandese while Ethiopia eclipsed the Burundians 43-40 to take the final podium position. Host Kenya finished in position 5 ahead of Djibouti and Southern Sudan.