Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) will this weekend stage the last fixtures of the year as the national league shelves the remaining matches to early next year.
The league has experienced numerous stoppages in regular season especially during the political season as well as after the closure of Nyayo National Stadium, which meant the league couldn’t have two venues in the said facility and Kaloleni Handball Court.
Plans to have makeshift courts either at National Youth Service (NYS) grounds along Thika or Kenyatta University where a backlog of the fixtures would have been played were disruptions by the short rains as the said facilities are outdoors and on loose soil. “We have to move the remaining fixture to early January.
This was not our plan as we had scheduled for the league to end in early December but we have had to compromise. The playoffs will throw off immediately after the season is over,” said fixtures secretary Charles Omondi.
Today’s matches have top placed Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) first on the court against 13th-placed University of Nairobi (UON) for their 14th match of the season where they remain unbeaten run so far.
The university side is set to face Nanyuki in another match while St Paul’s meet Boomerang. Tang Tang will take on Pippers in what will be the sides’ 10th and 12th matches respectively.
MKU Thika ladies will take on Embakasi Queens. On Sunday, East and Central Africa handball club championships silver medallists National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) will be up against UON.
Other matches of the day will see Tang Tang play MKU Thika, Divas take on MKU ladies, Pippers face Boomerang while UON clash with Generation in their second match of the day. Tang Tang close the year’s fixtures against St Paul’s.
“We could not extend our fixtures to next weekend as it will be occupied by the Just Be Master tournament set to take place at Kasarani. The ‘sote na SDG’s tournament’ incorporates basketball, football 7-aside, handball, badminton, Kabaddi and sitting volleyball teams from nine countries including England, Poland and Iraq,” said Omondi. – LYNETTE MATHEKA