National Handball League takes a break this weekend as the sport’s lovers are entertained to a two-day Handball Talent Search tournament dubbed Just Be Master (JBM) Nairobi Edition at Nyayo National Stadium Handball Court and the refurbished Kaloleni Handball Courts.
This will be the third and final edition of the tournament aimed at preaching peace during the electioneering period and also tapping and nurturing talent in the country. After two successful events that were held in Kakamega and Mombasa previously, the Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) hopes to use the mileage achieved by the tournament to begin a juniors’ league that could run concurrently with the seniors national league.
“The event has attracted two categories, senior and junior categories with the senior matches set for Nyayo Stadium while the junior matches will be held at Kaloleni Courts. We intend to have a junior league in the near future too,” offered JBM CEO Brian Oduor. The finals for both juniors and seniors will be held at Kaloleni Handball Court Sunday, after the facility is officially opened by Makadara MP Benson Mutura Saturday. “The junior category has attracted ten teams drawn from schools in the area. This made us realise the tremendous talent that goes to waste due to lack of a functional competition structure when our handballers clear high school before the senior can sign them teams, which cannot accommodate everyone too. Thus our intention to have a junior league,” added Oduor.
Meanwhile, after 13 match days, Strathmore and Kenyatta University headline the men’s and women tables respectively in the national league. Strathmore are tied on points, at 12 after six matches, with Kaloleni’s Black Mamba with the former having a superior goal difference.
Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) placed third after five matches and fourth after four matches respectively are yet to lose a match. Kenyatta Ladies have six points from three wins and a single loss.