• East Africa assembles in Nairobi for U-20 Handball challenge

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  • Kenya will host the East Africa U20 challenge this month at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.Kenya will host the East Africa U20 challenge this month at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Mar 07, 2012-

At least five East African countries are expected to compete in the under 20 Handball Challenge trophy qualifiers which will run from March 17-24 at the Moi Sports Cenntre, Kasarani.

Kenya handball Federation, KHF secretary Charles Omondi said all the five countries will be sending two teams each (boys and girls to tournament which will see the winners book tickets to the African challenge.

“We have received team list from Tanzania and we expect the rest of the countries to send their list any time. Other countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi have so far confirmed they will participate in this tournament” said Omondi.

Omondi told  sportsnewsarena.com   Wednesday that should Kenya clinch the tickets, then the Kenya Handball Federation will bid to host the continental championship.

The Kenyan team of 34 players, is largely drawn from Secondary school sides that excelled at the School games and will be boosted by several players who turns for various clubs in the Handball league.

The teams will start their training at the Nyayo national handball court on Thursday. Omondi added that similar championship for the juniors will also be held in Asia and Latin America as part of the International Handball Federation, IHF efforts to popularize and develop the sport in developing countries ahead of the International championships.

An international workshop training for handball coaches and Umpires will be held in Nairobi during the tournament duration. Senegalese, Cherif Ndiaye will oversee the referees training while Egyptian Mohammed Khaled will be in charge of the coaches part.

The two workshops that will bring coaches and Umpires from the participating teams will be supervised by Nigerian, Lanry Glova who is also the first vice president of Africa Confederation of Handball.

 

Elvince Joshua

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