In the men’s side, pool A is headlined by holders NCPB who saw off Rwanda’s Gichumbi 35-29 in the opener on Sunday.
East and Central Africa Handball Federation (ECAHF) club championship got underway on Sunday 3rd December at Nyayo with defending champions Nairobi Water and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) bagging wins.
The draw, conducted on the morning of the opening day, pitted the Kenyan champions who double up as the ECAHF record title holders Nairobi Water against Ulinzi Sharks and Nkajja of Uganda in the women’s pool A. Pool B has NCPB women, JKT of Tanzania and South Sudan.
Water opened their campaign with a clash against bitter rivals Ulinzi Sharks, the Kenya Defence Force’s side giving up a four-goal advantage at half time to lose by a similar margin in a 25-21 outcome.
Michelle Adhiambo and skipper Gladys Chilo led the scores with 8 and 6 goals respectively as the side’s defense played a crucial role in stopping Sharks’ danger-women Sarah Wasike and Caren Lutengeya who only managed 2 and 4 goals respectively in the loss.
In the men’s side, pool A is headlined by holders NCPB who saw off Rwanda’s Gichumbi 35-29 in the opener on Sunday. The Kenyan side has been pitted against the Rwandese side as well as nemesis, KDF’s Ulinzi HC, UPDF of Uganda, and South Sudan.
Pool B, whose matches get underway on Monday 4 December will see Kenya’s General Service Unit (GSU) opening the group action against Uganda Prison in the group that also has Equity Bank HC, Uganda’s Evergreen, and former ECAHF champions Rwanda Police.
Day 2 matches begin with the clash between the two paramilitary sides at 10 am While JKT takes on NCPB from 11:30 am in the only women’s match of the day. Rwanda Police play Equity from 2:30 pm while Ulinzi HC open their campaign against UPDF from 4 pm.
Nairobi Water - Kenya
KDF - Kenya
Nkajja - Uganda
NCPB – Kenya
JKT - Tanzania
NCPB - Kenya
KDF - Kenya
UPDF - Uganda
Gicumbi - Rwanda
GSU - Kenya
Equity Bank - Kenya
Evergreen - Uganda