Mudashiru Abdulmajeed and Adaobi Okoro were voted the Most Valuable Players on Day 3 at the ongoing Prudent Energy Handball League in Abuja.
Abdulmajeed marshaled De Defenders to beat Sokoto Rima 29-22 despite their record signing of 8 players from Niger United.
Abdulmajeed controlled the tempo of the game throughout 60 minutes despite Igwekere Joseph, Modibbo Ahmad, Mohammed Anas, Usman Suleiman and Emeka Emmanuel in the center of the park.
Despite instructions from Coach Fidelis Obi at the sideline, it could not make any difference as De Defenders stole the show.
An elated Abdulmajeed told www.aclsports.com that the win has put De Defenders in the title race.
He said, “The win against Sokoto Rima is an indication that we have a chance of winning the league. Everyone thought Sokoto Rim would have humiliated us, but the table turned around”.
Meanwhile, Defender Babes inspired by Adaobi Okoro won their first game by 36 to 33 goals against a youthful Adorable Angels.
Defenders Babes and Adorable Angels drew 14-14 in the first period of the game but Adaobi brought her wealth of experience into the game which went to the side of Defenders Babes.
Results of Match Day 3
Adorable Angels 33-36 Defender Babes
Desert Queens 16-23 Seasider Babes
Edo Dynamos 18-15 Imo Grasshoppers
Plateau Peacocks 20-22 Safety Babes
Borno Spiders 26-25 Lagos Seasiders
Kada Stars 19-23 Plateau Vipers
De Defenders 29-22 Rima Strikers
Kano Pillars 31-21COAS Shooters