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NCPB, Strathmore stay perfect in handball league

Saturday October 19 2019

Nanyuki's Joel Kingori (left) is guarded by Paul Mwembi of Kenyatta University's Wizards during their Kenya Handball Federation match at Kaloleni grounds on October 12, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |

Nanyuki's Joel Kingori (left) is guarded by Paul Mwembi of Kenyatta University's Wizards during their Kenya Handball Federation match at Kaloleni grounds on October 12, 2019. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

AGNES MAKHANDIA
By AGNES MAKHANDIA
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Champions National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) and Strathmore University men’s handball teams won their respective ties to keep their 100 per cent start to the new Kenya Handball Federation league season at the Kaloleni grounds on Saturday.

NCPB, who have won all their five matches, whitewashed University of Nairobi (UoN) 46-12 while Strathmore saw off Nanyuki 29-12 to move to the summit of the standings on 12 points from six matches.

In the tie against UoN, Robert Maranga (7) and John Wante (5) top-scored for NCPB while Julius Rugut (5) and Dennis Odhiambo (4) shone for UoN in the lop-sided encounter.

Simon Mutuku emerged top scorer for Strathmore in the tie against the visitors with nine goals as Paul Musembi top scored for Nanyuki with four goals.

NCPB return to the courts on Sunday with a match against Bucanneers, while Strathmore will parade against Inspired Boys.

KEEP MOMENTUM

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Strathmore coach Peter Mwathi said they are keen to keep up with the good start to the season.

“We are doing well so far and we want to keep the momentum and get better as the season progresses," said Mwathi, who doubles up as the national men’s team coach.

In other matches played at the same venue, former champions Kenya Defence Forces opened their title hunt with a deserved 63-16 win against Warriors.

KDF who until Saturday were yet to play a league match, saw had Nicholas Ireri top scoring for them with 11 goals while Martin Njoroge had four goals for the Warriors.

Buccaneers and Technical University of Kenya (TUK) played to a 18-18 draw with William Sikoni and Walter Angutonyi emerging top scorers for the sides with eight and six goals respectively.

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