Ulinzi down Equity in tight contest

Ulinzi down Equity in tight contest

NCPB's Oscar Makokha shoots to score past Equity's shot-stopper Teddy Sidai during the handball league clash on Sunday at Nyayo National Stadium handball Court. Photo/ Courtesy - Kenya Handball Federation.

By Craig Macharia 

Ulinzi and Equity clashed in a pivotal match that would shape their season's trajectory at the Nyayo Handball Court on Saturday.

From the opening whistle, it was evident that this match would be a fierce battle. Both teams showcased their defensive prowess and offensive strategies. 

Ulinzi managed to edge ahead slightly, heading into halftime with a narrow lead of 11-9 over Equity. 

The atmosphere was electric, with every goal celebrated and every defensive stop cheered loudly.

The intensity only increased once the second half got underway. Encouraged by the thunderous cheers of the audience, the players gave every play their all. 

Equity battled fiercely to overcome the gap, with their supporters cheering them on with intense shouts. Both teams were unwilling to give an inch as the game stayed close and tight.

With minutes ticking away, the tension reached its peak. Ulinzi maintained their slender advantage, but Equity refused to back down.

It was a battle of wills and strategy, each team trying to outmanoeuvre the other in a bid for victory.

When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard displayed a thin margin gap. Ulinzi 23, Equity 22. The arena erupted in jubilation for the Ulinzi team and their supporters, while the Equity side, despite their efforts, were left to think what could have been.

Coach Victor Ochieng of Ulinzi reflected on his team’s performance with a mix of satisfaction and determination. 

"We have been studying our opponents closely in their previous games, identifying their strengths and weaknesses. We executed our game plan effectively, exploiting their vulnerabilities and disrupting their game flow. This tactical approach, what we call 'spoiler tactics,' paid off today."

"As we look ahead, we treat each game with a fresh mindset and adapt our strategies accordingly. Our focus now shifts to preparing for our next opponent next week. I firmly believe that my team is in the title race, and we will continue to push forward with that belief," added.

On the other side, Coach Peter Mwangi of Equity voiced his disappointment after the narrow loss. "We played well today, but we failed to capitalise on our opportunities and convert crucial chances. There were some technical mistakes from the referee that impacted the flow of the game."

For Ulinzi, it was a step closer to their championship aspirations, while Equity looked to rebound stronger in the tournaments ahead.


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