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Deaflympics: Kenyans pick points as Cameroon fail to show up

Deaflympics national handball team players Moses Okoth and Felix Otieno training at Nyayo National Stadium ahead of the Deaflympics Games in Brazil. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

Kenya men deaf handball team picked a walkover against Cameroon in their opening match at the ongoing 24th Summer Deaflympics in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil on Tuesday evening.

This was after their African opponents failed to turn up at the UCS Sede Multi Sport Gymnasium where the crunch tie was set to be held.

The crucial points propelled Kenya to second in Group A behind Serbia who beat hosts Brazil 34-10.

The victory edged head coach Frederick Omole closer towards his minimum target of winning at least two games in the global showpiece.

“My aim is to improve Kenya’s ranking in our debut, reaching the medal bracket will be a plus,” Omole said.

Omole, who savoured the heaven-sent triumph, said he will go back to the drawing board to plot against Germany who they are tackling on Saturday.

“My strategy still remains the same; to capitalise on speed and a solid defence to neutralise our opponents, especially the experienced Germans,” the tactician said.