Abuja, May 14 , 2019 Kano Pillars male handball team on Tuesday in Abuja beat the Seasiders of Lagos 38-27 at the ongoing 2019 Prudent Energy Handball Premier League.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Kano Pillars were totally in control of the game, leading 16-11 by the break before going full throttle to close the game.
Abiola Shittu, the Seasiders coach, said his team lost because they were not prepared for the game, adding that his players were match-rusty.
“Kano Pillars are one of the favourites at this competition. My players tried their best, but they could not defeat them.
“Our team was a little bit unprepared. But, nevertheless, we know that as times goes on, we will be able to groom them more to face competitions of this nature.
“We have a lot of national team players. So, we will know what to do next time. Fitness has been a major challenge for us, but we are looking forward in working on that.
“We are going to play against the Prison Key Boys in our next match and we are definitely going to address our flaws today (Tuesday) because we lost some chances,’’ he said.
Solomon Yola, the coach of Kano Pillars, expressed delight at the performance of his players for winning their game.
“It was a very good match and we played well. The Lagos team is a very good side also. But we thank God for the victory and I’m happy with the result.
“We will be playing against the Nigerian Army team on Wednesday. Every team here is good, but all I know is that my team is very well prepared and ready for this competition.’’
In another male competition game played, Kada Stars of Kaduna defeated Borno Spiders of Maiduguri 38-31.
In the female category of the league, Imo Grasshoppers of Owerri whip Owena Queens of Akure 39-11.
Twelve male and 10 female teams are participating in this first phase of the second edition of Prudent Energy Handball Premier League, being organised by the Handball Federation of Nigeria (HFN).
The male teams include Borno Spiders, COAS Shooters (Nigerian Army), D Defenders (Civil Defence), Kada Stars, Kano Pillars, Niger United of Minna and Owena Kings of Akure.
The rest are Plateau Vipers of Jos, Prison Key Boys (Nigeria Prisons), Rima Strikers of Sokoto, Safety Shooters (FRSC) and the Seasiders of Lagos.
The female competition has teams such as Abia Valiants of Umuahia, Defenders Babes (Civil Defence), the Desert Queens of Katsina, Edo Dynamos of Benin City and Imo Grasshoppers.
The others are Kada Queens of Kaduna, Owena Queens, Plateau Peacocks of Jos, Safety Babes (FRSC) and Seasiders Babes of Lagos.
The competition, being hosted at the Velodrome of the Abuja National Stadium, will hold daily till May 25, except on May 20 when all clubs will have a free day.
Eleven matches will be played daily till Saturday, while Sunday will have eight matches, Monday nine matches and May 22 six matches.
May 23 to May 25 will also have 11 matches daily also.
Matches will begin at 7 a.m. and end after 11 p.m., with the daily schedule having a break between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
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