Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) national league is in disarray after 22 of the 28 matches scheduled to be played last weekend were postponed. With six weeks left to the end of the calendar, the federation does not know how to handle the backlog of matches without interfering with the season’s programme.
The federation had moved Saturday and Sunday fixtures to National Youth Service (NYS) grounds along Thika Road as the facility gave them the flexibility for the many matches lined up, given it has two courts but the heavy rains experienced in Nairobi at the weekend quashed those plans. “The NYS courts are outdoors and are built on loose soil and after the rains they turned muddy.
We moved to Kenyatta University with intentions of making some makeshift courts but the situation turned out the same and the heavy downpour on Saturday morning forced us to cancel the matches all together,” said KHF official George Siameto.
The league was scheduled to conclude in early December to allow university teams ample time to prepare for their January and February University competition as well as the December holidays before the play-offs in March but those plans are now in doubt.
“The fixtures are tentatively to be played this weekend and remain unchanged. This will, however, depend on the political temperatures in the week as well as the weather if the scheduled grounds are to be used.
With Nyayo Stadium closed, Kaloleni Handball Court cannot host as many matches, but we are still looking for options,” added Siameto. Meanwhile, the matches played on Mashujaa Day at Kaloleni saw unbeaten Strathmore University beat Nanyuki 25-19 as Black Mamba cruised to an easy 44-10 victory over Multi Media University, subjecting Elkana Chege’s side to their eighth defeat in 10 matches while picking their 11th straight win.
St Paul’s University played to a 34-all draw against fellow students Mt Kenya University-Thika while Kenyatta University beat Technical University of Kenya 33-27. The top placed teams, Kenya Defence Forces, Strathmore and Mamba are tied on 22 points after 11 matches, only separated by goal difference.