Nairobi, Water, NCPB best again in handball league

Jack Ochieng

Nairobi Water coach Jack Ochieng (centre) reacts during their Kenya Handball Federation National League match against Nanyuki on November 21, 2021 at Nyayo National Stadium.

Photo credit: Chris Omollo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Black Mamba coach Martin Abunde was over the moon after the match.
  • "The best team won. We had tied 17-17 at the breather. We forced them to make errors and they fell for it. While our aggression won the match for us, their individual play worked against them," the coach said.
  • At the opposite end, Generation completed the season with six points, while winless Makueni Bees finished last.

National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and Nairobi Water were crowned the men's and women's Kenya Handball Federation National League champions as the curtains came down on the season Sunday at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi.

NCPB and Nairobi Water retained their titles they won in 2018. Nairobi Water women's team ended their season with a deserved 31-19 win over Nanyuki in the earlier match to complete the league unbeaten with 28 points from 14 matches.

NCPB men's team finished with 34 points from 18 matches in 19-team league. 

think experience won for us the title. Many a times we were not at our best, but we slowly returned into our element as the league hit homestretch," said Nairobi Water coach Jack Ochieng.

Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) women's team won against NCPB 21-17 in an entertaining match to finish second with 24 points from 14 matches, while Cereals completed the top three positions with 18 points from the same number of matches. 

Caren Lutengeya (5), Sarah Wasike( 4) and Sharon Mulei (4) emerged top scorers for KDF, while Sarah Mabonga (6) and Elizabeth Atieno (4) were top scorers for the losers.

At the bottom end, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agricultural and Technology squeezed a 21-20 win against Amazon.

The varsity side completed the season second from bottom with six points from 14 matches, while Amazon were last with two points from the same number of matches.

In the men's category, Black Mamba shocked KDF 31-30 win to finish third in the league standings with 32 points.

KDF were relegated to fifth position with 28 points, while General Service Unit finished fourth with 30 points as Strathmore University finished second with 32 points, same as Black Mamba, but the varsity side had a superior goal difference.

Paul Ondara emerged top scorer with nine goals for the winners, while Musa Munyasia top scored for the losers with seven goals.

Black Mamba coach Martin Abunde was over the moon after the match.

"The best team won. We had tied 17-17 at the breather. We forced them to make errors and they fell for it. While our aggression won the match for us, their individual play worked against them," the coach said.

At the opposite end, Generation completed the season with six points, while winless Makueni Bees finished last.

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