Nairobi Water gunning for fourth title

By alex wafula
Apr 28, 2015
  • Jack Ochieng, the Nairobi Water coach eyes a fourth league title. Water registered their sixth win of the season by beating Ulinzi. (SNA File Photo)

Nairobi Water, the Kenya Women Handball League defending champions are keen to maintain an unbeaten run this season on their way to a fourth consecutive league title.

Jack ‘Sandan’ Ochieng, the Nairobi Water coach said his players have what it takes to win all the matches this season despite a resurgence by Cereals.  their biggest challengers. 

At the weekend, Water registered their sixth win of the season by beating former giants Ulinzi 38-25 and warned the military side has shown glimpses of its former self and should be a team to watch this season.

“It was a very tough match against Ulinzi, they literally pushed us to our backs but I am happy we got the win after playing very well. Ulinzi have come up really well and improved hugely. They will be a team to watch this season,” Ochieng warned.

“Our target though is to go a match at a time and we hope to win all our matches. Of course there is going to be tough opposition from the likes of Cereals but my girls have really improved,” added the coach.

Cereals who have lost lately to Water in both the local and regional scene have vowed to fight and get back ‘their title’. Grace Madegwa, the Cereals back court player is confident her side could bounce back after working on their weak areas.

“We realized that in the past seasons, Water has beaten us with pace and this season, most of our preparations bordered on that as well as shooting. Definitely we have been irked that thrice in a row the title has slipped off our watch but this time, we can’t allow that to happen,” Madegwa said.

Cereals stary on top

Cereals continued with their stay at the top with 18 points from nine straight wins after being handed a walk over against TUK on Saturday.

Water moves to second with 12 points from six straight wins but tie on points with third- placed MKU Thika who have played four more matches but are separated by a goal difference.

Strathmore picked up their third win of the season and moved to fourth after beating TUK 27-21. Faistina Kaswa and Shantal Ateya were the toast of the Strathmore scoring nine and eight goals respectively.

In the men’s league, Ulinzi maintained their unbeaten start, picking up two weekend wins to move to fourth on the standings. The military side beat TUK 27-22 before dismantling Kenyatta University 29-19.

Their Youth teams also posted another win to record a sixth straight league victory after beating 2012 champions Black Mamba 29-22 with Chebii Siway starring with 11 goals.

Nyeri Phantoms picked up their first win of the season with a hard fought 29-28 win over Boomerang but narrowly lost27-31 to Kenyatta University in their second match.