Re­gional kings KDF turn fo­cus on the Jamhuri Cup

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | International - BY AGNES MAKHANDIA/

Hav­ing de­throned Rwanda Po­lice 43-41 in the just ended East and Cen­tral Hand­ball Club Cham­pi­onship at the Nyayo Sta­dium over the week­end, Kenya De­fence Forces men’s team have switched fo­cus to next month’s Kenya Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion (KHF) Jamhuri Cup Open tour­na­ment.

KDF team man­ager Sammy Mwan­gangi said the team has had a suc­cess­ful year and crown­ing it with a Jamhuri Cup ti­tle will be full­fill­ing.

KDF be­gun 2016 with a win against Na­tional Ce­re­als and Pro­duce Board (NCPB) in the Su­per Cup, they went ahead and won the East Africa Mil­i­tary Games in Rwanda, be­fore they re­cently re­tained the Kenya Hand­ball Fed­er­a­tion na­tional league ti­tle and over the week­end they scooped the East and Cen­tral Hand­ball Club Cham­pi­onship .

The of­fi­cial said, “Re­ally we have had a good year. But all the pre­vi­ous events are water un­der the bridge now and our at­ten­tion is to win the Jamhuri Cup and to ful­fill our ob­jec­tive we will not rest on our lau­rels but be­gin train­ing im­me­di­ately.”

Mwan­gangi how­ever re­vealed they will also field two more teams among them KDF youth Tigers men and the Gun­ners women’s team in the three day event from De­cem­ber 10- 12 at the Nyayo Na­tional Sta­dium, hand­ball court.

At the end of the East and Cen­tral Africa Club Cham­pi­onship KDF were the overal win­ners with four points thanks to a bet­ter goal dif­fer­enc ahead of Black Mamba who had the same points but had an in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence of six goals.

Po­lice Rwanda fin­ished third with four points with three goals while NCPB fin­ished last win-less.

In the women’s cat­e­gory, Nairobi Water re­tained the ti­tle with six points un­beaten, NCPB were sec­ond with four points as KDF fin­ished third with two points while Sparklers fin­ished last win-less.

Com­ment­ing on the win, Nairobi Water coach Jack Ochieng said: “It feels good to re­tain the tro­phy both lo­cally and re­gion­ally. This year we have had good com­pe­ti­tion and we hope next sea­son will be bet­ter.I will not re­cruit more play­ers as we have a good side and want to give each of the cur­rent play­ers chance to play.”

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