The second phase of the Prudent Energy Handball League continued at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba on Thursday, featuring a number of interesting match-ups and shocking results.
The biggest game of the day took place in the men’s category between league leaders Niger United and second placed team Safety Shooters who defeated the leaders 28-26.
Sokoto Rima Strikers then compounded the woes of bottom placed Prison Key Boys defeating them 23-17; while 6th place Plateau Vipers defeated De Defenders 27-25 a very tight contest between the two teams.
Kada Stars outscored Bornu Spiders 31-23; while Lagos Seasiders inspired by the heroics of goalkeeper Mubarak Bello, delighted the Lagos fans with a sweet 33-24 victory over Kano Pillars.
In the final game of the men’s category a last second goal by Owena Kings earned them a 24-24 draw against COAS Shooters in what was a pulsating match between the teams.
For the women, Safety babes defeated Kada Queens 23-19 while Plateau Peacocks continued their push for top spot with a comfortable 31-23 over Defender Babes.
Lagos fans got a feel of the eastern oriental as Imo Grasshoppers defeated Abia Valiants 32-15 while Edo Dynamos got back to winning ways after comfortably outscoring Desert Queens 28-10.
The match between Owena Queens and Seasiders Babes which ended 29-24 in favour of Owena Babes was cancelled following a protest petition submitted by Seasider Queen alleging that Owena Babes fielded two ineligible players.
After looking into the matter the board of the Handball Federation of Nigeria decided to cancel the match and awarded Seasider Babes 10-0 over Owena Babes.
Meanwhile, Mubarak Bello of Lagos Seasiders and Cynthia Vincent were voted the Most Valuable Players of the day for the men and women league respectively. They were each presented with a plaque and =N=10,000 as standout performers for match day two.