Kano Pillars record third consecutive victory

By Oviri Kelvin, Sports Editor,

The male handball team of Kano Pillars extended their unbeaten run in the Prudent Energy Handball Premier League competition after they defeated Makurdi-based Benue Buffaloes at the MKO Abiola National Stadium on Wednesday, May 25, 2022.

Kano Pillars, who are the league’s defending champions, were no match for the debutants as they won convincingly 37-24 to record their third win in a role.

The defending champions during the match, complemented their win by following the coach’s instructions, showing grits in the contest while being firm in their grips on the ball. The Trumpet Gathered

Sequel to the team’s victory, coach Solomon Yola attributed Kano Pillars’ win to the players’ commitment to hard work, and adherence to match tactics and instructions.

Yola expressed his satisfaction with the outcome of the match and added that they will not underrate any team in their league’s campaign.

“My players performed according to instructions and we are not going to ever underrate any team. My team will continue working hard to gather points by ensuring that we fight hard to win our subsequent matches,” Yola to the media.

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Furthermore, Yola congratulated Benue Buffaloes for their performance as a newly-promoted club, conceding that they are no pushovers in the competition.

He advised both teams to keep improving in their games as every team in the competition is a potential champion qualified to win the competition.

Yola said, “We congratulate them for putting up a very good fight. The newly-promoted male teams are just two Benue Buffaloes and Owena Kings and we have played against them and we give kudos to them.

“Both teams should keep it up and never relent in this competition. Every team in the league is a potential champion, so we have come highly prepared for both the younger and older teams,” Kano Pillars’ coach assured.

Prior to Kano Pillar’s third win, the defending champions saw off Police Machines and Owena Kings 29-15 and 34-19 respectively, while in another vein, Benue Buffaloes recorded a 29-22 win and a 25-33 loss in the clash with Lagos Seasiders and Niger United respectively.

NAN reports that in another male competition fixture played on Wednesday, Niger United humiliated Confluence Stars 37-28 victory, while Rima strikers walked over Kada Stars.

Meanwhile, in the female category on Wednesday, debutants Rima Queens drew their third match 37-37 against Imo Grasshoppers.

Safety Babes secured a 31-22 victory over De:Defenders Babes, while Seasiders Babes walked over Kada Queens.

Twenty-two teams, made up of 10 females and 12 males, are participating in the league.

The male teams include Benue Buffaloes of Makurdi, Confluence Kings of Lokoja, De Defenders of Civil Defence, Kada Stars of Kaduna, Kano Pillars of Kano, Niger United of Minna and Owena Kings of Akure.

Police Machines, Rima Strikers of Sokoto, Safety Shooters of FRSC, Seasider Boys of Lagos and Tojemarine Academy of Lagos are also in contention.

The league’s female category has Adorable Angels of Ilorin, Benue Queens of Makurdi, Defender Babes of Abuja, Bendel Dynamos Rebranded of Benin City and Imo Grasshoppers of Owerri.

The rest are Kada Queens of Kaduna, Plateau Peacocks of Jos, Roma Queens of Sokoto, Safety Babes of Abuja and Seasiders Babes of Lagos.

The league, played at two venues in the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja, began on Monday and is expected to end on June 2.

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