KDF bag nar­row come-from-be­hind vic­tory over Ce­re­als

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

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.

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