National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) men’s team are on a mission to end their Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) league trophy drought as the season hits the half-way mark with the 2014 champions at the helm.
The side won two weekend matches, 48-18 against National Youth Service (NYS) and a hard fought 38-24 win over students Kenyatta University, after holding a six-goal advantage in the first half break. The two wins handed NCPB the lead in the 22-team standings at 21 points.
Cereals have so far registered one draw, at 19 goals, against Tigers in the 11 matches played and team manager Edna Kasandi is confident they will hold onto the lead as they intend to win the 10 matches at hand.
“It was unfortunate that we played for a draw against Tigers as it cost us one crucial point. We were poor in ball handling and had several turnovers in that draw. However, we have since learned from the mistakes and made necessary adjustments. Our performance has improved since then. We are training hard for wins in the remaining matches as we eye the title,” said Kasandi.
The millers finished fourth last season after playing for 14 wins, three draws and one loss but Kasandi is certain they will do better this season. Against the top teams, they have already played last season’s third place finishers, Strathmore University, registering a win.
“We take each team seriously, but playing against Ulinzi and Black Mamba will be tough However, we are going for nothing short of wins in the remaining matches” added Kasandi whose side might miss the services of three players in this weekend’s matches as they are nursing injuries.
Meanwhile, title-holders Black Mamba are breathing down the millers necks as they hold second position at 20 point with an unbeaten 10 match run. Ulinzi are third at 20 points from a similar number of matches but with an inferior goal difference.