The Kenya Cereals and Produce Board women’s team successfully retained the national handball league title as the Kenya Handball Federation League ended on Thursday.
KCPB women successfully defended their title for the fourth time in a row after beating Ulinzi 25-21 in the finals played at Nyayo National Gymnasium,barely a week after their male counter parts had retained their title in a closely contested final which they won 31-30 ,their eight consecutive league title.
On Thursday Ulinzi were the first to score through Grace Madegwa but the champions regrouped a few minutes later in to the first half, to take the lead 8-7 at the breather.
Madegwa scored 10 goals for her team with her teammate, Stabua Noor hitting the back of the net seven times. Beatrice Chebet and Alexina Abani scored six goals each for Ulinzi who were making their first appearance in the women’s league after a seven-year absence.
Ulinzi goalkeeper Mary Aniang’o was very instrumental in the goal, denying Madewa four penalties and her effort was recognized by KHF when she was voted the most promising goalkeeper.
Tirus Omondi of KCPB received the same award in the mens category while Junior Kipngetich (Ulinzi) and Chilo Gladys (Nairobi Water) were voted most valuable players in men and women category respectively.
KCPB coach Paul Pudu is now looking to revamp his squad for the next season .
“I will be going to Meru (National Secondary Games) next week to monitor some players whom I’m planning to recruit to bolster my squad. I lifted the trophy with some senior players and I would like to blend experienced players with some young tucks next year,” said Pudu.
With the KHF league coming to an end, the federation’s attention will now shift to the forthcoming All Africa Games.
Kenya handball federation secretary Charles Omondi revealed that this year’s squad would have four foreign based players.
The four are Brian Mathew (Denmark) Kajitan Yuaya (Finland), Theodecio Sangoro (Denmark) and Vitor Siro from Germany who are expected in the country next week.