Black Mamba set tar­get for re­gional clubs tour­ney

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY AGNES MAKHANDIA / Last year’s East and Cen­tral Africa Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion tournament, men’s run­ners up Black Mamba are hop­ing to go a step higher when the event kicks off this Sun­day at the Nyayo Sta­dium.

Black Mamba fin­ished sec­ond in a three team tournament be­hind cham­pi­ons and hosts Po­lice of Rwanda while Pa­tri­otic Army of Rwanda fin­ished last.

Black Mamba coach Martin Abunde said this year’s event will be com­pet­i­tive since many teams have con­firmed par­tic­i­pa­tion, a de­vel­op­ment he says will push them to go the ex­tra mile and per­form even bet­ter. “Truth be told, few teams graced the last edi­tion and there­fore it didn’t come with stiff com­pe­ti­tion that we would have wanted . But I am glad this edi­tion has at­tracted many teams and will no doubt be com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

He, how­ever, ad­mit­ted that they have not had the best of train­ing ses­sions both for the on­go­ing Kenya Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion na­tional league and the forth­com­ing event as some­times they are forced to share the Kaloleni ground with var­i­ous foot­ball teams. “But all in all, the morale is high in the play­ing unit and our ob­jec­tive is to im­prove on our last year’s per­for­mance,” said Abunde.

Black Mamba, who are placed fourth in KHF na­tional league stand­ing with 22 points will come up against Rwanda teams (Po­lice and APR), Zanz­ibar’s Nyuki, Tan­za­nia’s and Jeshi la Ku­jenga Taifa among the in­ter­na­tional teams.


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