Kano Pillars, Niger United continue winning streak as Seasiders draw again
Kano Pillars Handball Club maintained their 100 per cent record in the on-going Prudent Energy Handball League by recording their seventh win in the competition, which resumed yesterday in Abuja.Pillars defeated Sokoto Rima 24 to 14 to continue their match towards the top of the league, which is currently occupied by Safety Shooters.
In yesterday’s game, Pillars showed that they meant business with their coordinated display. They buried most of their chances while restricting their opponents from doing the same. It was close early in the game but once Pillars pulled away in the second half, Sokoto Rima found it hard to keep up with their opponent.
Also in the men’s category, defending champions, Niger United defeated Kada Stars 35 to 25 to record their fourth win in the league. After losing three games, retaining their title would be a herculean task for the Minna outfit, which failed to show up in their opening games against COAS Shooters.
However, United’s coach, Yekini Adebayo has vowed to fight on, noting that the second phase of the league in Lagos in September could turn out to be his team’s joker. “After losing three games, it could be very difficult to successfully defend our title, but we will take every game as it comes and hope that our fortunes will change,” he said.
The game between Lagos Seasiders and Desert Queens ended 27 to 27 as the Lagos side recorded their second draw in the League. But Borno Spiders beat Prison Key Boys 43 to 33, Kada Queens beat Owena Queens 33 to 10, while Plateau Peacocks walked over Abia Valiants.Kada Stars coach, Ahmed Habib attributed his team’s loss to lack of exposure, saying his players has the potential to do well, but lacked concentration at a time they needed to stay focused in the game.
“We have a young team with most playing in the first league for the first time so sometimes it difficult for them to stay focused throughout the game. But I am sure they will get better by the time we gat to the second phase in Lagos.
“Right now, I am looking at their strength and weakness in the hope that all the lapses noticed here will be corrected before the second phase commences,” he said.