HFN: Adorable, Police, Defenders Babes win as Niger, Bayelsa, Vipers suffer defeat
By Sunny Canto
Undisputed Adorable Angels of Kwara yesterday outclass their Bayelsa opponent in a sensational finish, at the Day 10, Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, inside MKO, Abiola, Stadium; Abuja.
Team Adorable, who had a flawless record from National Handball Division One held in Kaduna 2019, seem to remain a force to reckon with aftermath 2020 exceptional league outing; thereby giving their opponent a run for their money.
In an opener to Seasider Babes, combine force with dexterity, amass 41-28 goals, booked a slight victory of 30-29 from Defenders Babes, pommel Confluence Queens 37-30, outclass Plateau 34-25 but later fall 27-33 to Safety Babes, eventually returned to beat Kada Queens 31-24 also, overpowered Bayelsa Queens 47-31 in a remarkable game.
However, newly promoted Police Machine tasted their first win of 37-30 goals against Kada Stars, after a COAS work-over, while Coach Obi Fedelis and his Skipper Anas Mohammed rally round to upset Seasiders 26-22 in a cracker.
Defending champion, Safety Shooters determination gave them a 26-22 win over league debutant Confluence Stars. Similarly, their counterpart Defenders humiliated Plateau Vipers 26-18 in a keenly contested match.
Unexpectedly, Tojemarine Academy of Lagos resilient and outstanding performance finally gave them 15-11 lead at first quarter, atlast edged over 2018 Champions (Niger United) 24-23 as the spectators were left in amazement.
Coach Aguta Bright exclusively to us, "We're now qualified to remain in the League, but climbing the table log is our almost priority; soon Nigerians will be known globally through Handball if grassroot channels are available" he summarized.
Nevertheless, Handball Federation of Nigeria under the auspices of Sam Ocheho has achieved so much within a short period, but remain resolute and optimistic they can do more.
In a nutshell, for the development of the game, all hands must be on deck, work collectively as a board and family in order to succeed.
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