KDF bag narrow come-from-behind victory over Cereals
Kenya Defence Forces women’s team rallied from behind to squeeze a 28-27 win over National Cereals and Produce Board during the Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) national league match played at the Nyayo Stadium handball court, yesterday.
Following the win, the soldiers are second on the log with 16 points— six behind league leaders and champions Nairobi Water. The match started on a high tempo with NCPB racing to a 4-1 leading and sealing the first quarter 9-6, thanks to Betty Too and Roselyne Adhiambo fast breaks. Cereals continued to capitalise on the soldiers’ poor ball handling to extend the lead to 15-9 in the first 10 minutes of play.
However, the soldiers started to make in-roads as they rallied 11-15 before bagging an additional point to trail 12-16 into the breather. On resumption, the soldier showed the urge to win the match as their defence stood firm, denying their opponents a window to score.
Jacklyne Kanjai and Euphrasia Mukhasa made all the differ- ence for the soldier as they scored at will to close the gap on their opponents 21-17 and 23- 22 after 50 minutes of play.
NCPB looked tense as they resorted to defensive play but the soldiers pressed on with Phoebe Mureithi netting two fast goals to overtake their opponents 26-24 before they wrapped up the match with a close 28-27 win. Mukhasa (7), Mureithi (6) and Valerie Akoth topscored for the winners as Too (8) Adhiambo (6), Fatma Mohammed (5) netted for the losers.
In an earlier match at the same venue, Mt. Kenya University (MKU), Thika beat Sparklers 27-22 while in the men’s league, NCPB overpowered Multi Media University 46-25.
Meanwhile, Nairobi Water women’s team launch their 38th edition of the Africa Club Championship campaign today with a match against TKC of Cameroon.
Nairobi Water, who are drawn in Pool ‘B’ will then battle champions Primero of Angola tomorrow before playing Bandama of Ivory Coast on Sunday. They wind up their preliminaries against Asel of Democratic Republic of Congo on Monday.