Ulinzi consolidate lead as handball takes a weekend break

By alex wafula
Jun 17, 2021
  • Ulinzi lead the men's Handball league which takes a break this weekend for the KDF inter-units competition where some of the players will represent their units. (SNA File Photo)

The national Handball League takes a break this weekend to pave way for the Kenya Defense Forces inter-unit games which will be held at the Nyayo National Stadium.

But even as the league enters a break, KDF side Ulinzi will be enjoying a lead in the men’s league especially after picking up two wins in last weekend’s fixtures. The military side saw off 2012 champions Black Mamba in their first match before another victory over Nyeri Phantoms.

Ulinzi won both matches convincingly, beating Mamba 40-25 in a match Musa Munyasia scored 13 goals. They also showed the same strength against the league newcomers Phantoms before winning 39-16.

From 12 matches, Ulinzi have 24 points having lost none and are followed closely by Cereals Board who have 19 points from 10 matches. University side Strathmore coached by national men’s team coach Peter Mwathi are third, also with 19 points but have played 12 matches.

Over the weekend, Strathmore beat Ulinzi Youth 30-22 in a tightly contested affair with Ken Ndung’u scoring eight goals. This preceded another win, 26-13 against fellow students MKU Eldoret.

Atoned for loss

In other matches played over the weekend, JKUAT moved to 10th place after a well-earned 33-24 win over Nyeri Phantoms with Dan Irungu being the hero of the side with 11 goals. Ulinzi Youth also atoned for their loss against Strathmore with a 28-21 win over Maroon Kapsabet.

Kapsabet never fared better in their second match of the weekend losing narrowly to Technical University. The two sides were tied at 17-17 at half time, but the visitors from Kapsabet lost the grip eventually losing the match 40-33.

Kenyatta University skipped to 8th spot with a 33-19 win over Boomerang as St. Paul’s were handed a walk over against Makongeni after the latter failed to turn up for the match.

Only two matches were played in the women’s league with title front runners Ulinzi and Cereals Board both winning their matches against the same opponent, Strathmore University.

Alexina Ambani inspired her military side to a 37-30 win with nine goals while Winnie Kirwa scored eleven. Cereals narrowly beat Strathmore University 22-18.

Cereals continue to sit at the top of the standings after 12 matches with 20 points, unbeaten Nairobi Water are second with 18 points from nine matches. Ulinzi follow closely in third place with ten points from eight matches while MKU Thika continue their hunt for a play-off slot, perched at 4th with similar points as Ulinzi.