• Kenya u20 girls handball inch closer to Africa qualification

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Mar 20, 2012-

Kenya under 20 women's team is just two steps away from qualifying for the Africa handball challenge trophy after  their second win of the qualifying matches staged at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani gymnasium, Tuesday.

Kenya which also thrashed Tanzania 35-9 in their first match played at Monday hot 30 goals at the back of Burundi's net with the visitors managing only 24 in the first match on the as the tournament enters day four.

Jane Waithera managed seven goals for the host while Nairobi Water's left attacker, Marina Andala had six with Rehema Asiko and Winnie Kirwa managing five and four respectively for the host.

Suavis Ratingo and Estela Nabisi nine goals each could not help the Etvera Kirundo coached side overcome the Kenyan side which opened a five gap point with about 20 minutes left of play. Kenya will play her third match Thursday against Uganda who also won their first match 28-21 against Rwanda.

Coach Farid Mohammed is hoping for a favourable result when his team plays Uganda. "Uganda is an equally strong team and I hope that they fumble in their next match, that will give us an upper hand when we meet them,” said the Kenya coach.

In the match which saw Kenya take 11-10 win at the first hour break, captain Mitchell Adhiambo displayed leadership quality on and off the pitch with the former Shimba Hill student scoring the 12th goal just one minute into resumption, to give her side a narrow lead which they held on to until the final whistle.

Despite the exemplary performance by the captain, she could not gully the referee who sent her to the bench for a two-minute time-out when she grabbed her opponent inside the D-area, earning Burundi a penalty.

The Kenyan team showed some sluggishness in the defence but Matu Memorial student, Jackline Wanjoku was outstanding between the post stopping Burundian attacks every often.

The captain is however full of confidence that they will win their next match adding that they just need to work on the defensive blunders they made in the last two matches.

"Our offence is very good but we need to work on the defence before the next match and we'll have a good game against Uganda. Every team is a title challenger and no one should underrate the other," said Adhiambo.

The host's second match in the boys’ category was pushed to Wednesday due to a congested fixture. The boys also won their first match 33-30 against Burundi before playing out to a 36 all draw with Rwanda on Monday.

Fixtures,Wednesday: girls Kenya vs Uganda (2pm), Burundi vs Tanzania( 4.00pm) boys Kenya vs Tanzania(6pm and Burundi vs Rwanda (8pm).




Elvince Joshua

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