Lagos Seasiders, Edo Dynamos join Prudent Energy Handball League winners
Lagos Seasiders, who are contesting for honours in the men’s category, defeated Kada Stars 36-29, while Dynamos overpowered Imo Grasshoppers 25-19 in the Women’s category. Both matches were thrilling, but former champions Grasshoppers need to look for fresh talents to bolster their team.
In other games, Owena Kings lost to Borno Spiders 24-28, while De Defenders beat Plateau Vipers 23-16.
Lagos coach, Bukola Duru commended the players for putting up a good performance against Kada Stars despite financial constraints and expressed hope the Lagos State Sports Council (LSSC) would come to the team’s aid.
“The board members have been able to raise some money for the team, which has kept us going. The competition is going on without hitches. According to last bulletin, the male team is third on the log, while the female are fifth. I am sure they will do better before the first phase of the league ends.
“No games are easy and the players have to play very well to win. All the team seems to be evenly matched but the ones with something extra, in terms of techniques, win the games.
“Most of my players are playing in the league to safeguard their places in national team. If they don’t participate, it may jeopardise their chances of making the national teams in future.
“I commend them for playing. For me, we will survive.”
KADA stars coach, Ahmed Habib attributed the loss to his team’s lack of exposure. He said that his players had the potential to beat the Lagos side but lacked concentration at a time they needed to stay focused in the game. “We have a young team with most playing in the league for the first time so sometimes it is difficult for them to stay focused throughout the game. But I am sure they will get better by the time we get to the second phase in Lagos.
“Right now, I am looking at their strengths and weaknesses in the hope that all the lapses noticed here will be corrected before the second phase commences.”