MKU Thika campus intensifies training ahead of play-offs

National Cereals Produce Board's Betty Too aims at opponent's goal as Mercylyn Achieng (left) and purity Kibet of MKU Eldoret try stoping her during Kenya Handball Federation league at Nyayo National Stadium on Nov 6, 2016. [PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD]

National handball playoffs will begin at the weekend and Mount Kenya University (MKU) Thika campus know they do not have time to rest.

The play-offs, dubbed Super Cup, will be at Nyayo Stadium and have attracted 10 teams.

This will be the second time the university side will be playing in the knockouts. They finished fourth in last season's campaign.

MKU's coach Eugene Luvai said the team had prepared well and are polishing some areas ahead of the matches.

MKU will surely have an uphill task when they face four-time national champions Nairobi Water, who won the Victoria Open Handball Tournament three weeks ago.

The second semifinal will be between National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).

"I know Nairobi Water is a good and experienced side, but we also have some experienced players. We lost to them last season, but this time round, we have prepared well and hope to secure better results.

"Nairobi Water have been in this game longer than most of us, but we will do our best. It won't be easy though, considering that we have lost several players to other clubs. Sarah Mabonga and Sylvia Munyui joined NCPB this season," said Luvai.

"This is when we need to be at our best. We must know that for us to win in these games, we should make minimal mistakes," added Luvai.

Mabonga was in the under-20 national team that finished second in the Zone VB International Handball Federation (IHF) Challenge Trophy in Uganda last December.

Luvai's counterpart Jack Sandan said his charges are ready to defend the title and do it better than they did last season.

"We are training hard for the Super Cup and our first outing (Victoria Open) was a success as we began our season," he said.

"We need to show other teams how we do it. Now that we are the champions, all teams will be plotting for our downfall, but we are ready for all that."

MKU Thika campus men's team will be making their debut in the play-offs where they will meet NCPB in their first match.

Men's champions, KDF will play Black Mamba, while Strathmore will take on KDF in the other fixture.

Ulinzi Youth will face NCPB in the last match of the day.

Next Story
LATEST STORIES
Big show in city on Sunday

Nairobi City comes alive when the 15th Standard Chartered Marathon gets underway on Sunday morning.

IAAF fetes world's best tonight

The attention of the athletics world will shift to Monaco tonight as the Mediterranean Principality prepares to host the IAAF Athletics Awards 2017.

Queries on how ‘Tusker’ went flat

Having won a double last season, former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions were expected to do even better this year.

Is heading the ball harmful?

An English study into whether heading a football can cause brain trauma will begin in January, investigating an issue that has been widely debated since the activity was blamed for contributing to a former star striker’s dementia.

Former Manchester City striker Robinho 'sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged sexual assault'

Former Real Madrid and Manchester City star Robinho has reportedly been sentenced to nine years in prison for alleged sexual assault.

Arsenal team vs Cologne revealed ahead of Europa League clash

Arsenal team vs Cologne revealed ahead of Europa League clash in Germany

More Stories
Handball: Black Mamba gets financial boost for regional tourney

Kenya Handball Federation League side Black Mamba have received a financial boost ahead of next week’s (November 21-26) East and Central Africa Club Championship in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Volleyball: KVF National play-offs promise fireworks

Stage set for bruising playoffs in Mombasa.

Volleyball: Nairobi Water face dry spell ahead of playoffs

Nairobi Water’s hopes of featuring in next month’s (December 1-3) Kenya Volleyball Federation national playoffs in Mombasa hangs in the balance after the team skipped last weekend’s final leg of the season in Eldama Ravine, Baringo.

Kenya Ports Authority eye successive victory over KDF in national league

Last year, Kenya Ports Authority beat Kenya Defence Forces 3-1 in a decisive match at the penultimate round of the Kenya Volleyball Federation League in Eldama Ravine.

Handball: Tough assignment awaits Strathmore in regional club championships

The Black Mamba and Strathmore University handball teams have confirmed participation in the East and Central Africa Handball Club Championships. The games will be held in Dar es Salaam next month.

Volleyball: Kenyans aim for top 10 finish

National men’s volleyball team captain Bett confident his side will meet the target.

Epoloto heaps praise on national team after win over Libya

It was Kenya’s first win at the competition after losing by straight sets to Ghana and Tunisia.