Kenya storms semi-finals in women’s handball


Kenya national women’s Deaf handball team competing at the 24th Summer Deaflympics in Caxias Do Sul, Brazil have progressed to the semi-finals following their 35 -3 romp over Argentina.

The match was held on Sunday 12pm local time (6pm in Kenya) at the Multi sport gym in Caxias Do Sul, the Games host city.

It is the only win registered by the coach Peter Mwathi’s side in the first round of the competition. Champions Denmark, hosts Brazil and Turkey are the other teams taking part. Against Denmark, Brazil and Turkey, Kenya lost 28-12, 26-16 and 43-16 respectively.

Since Argentina has not won any match, they were eliminated from the competition.

At the semi- finals, Kenya will come up against leaders Turkey while second-placed Denmark will clash with third-placed Brazil. The winners in the matches will meet in the finals while the losers will clash in the third place play-off.

Coach Mwathi said their aim is to win a bronze medal in the competition.

“We have to work on our finishing so that we score more goals . Our attack has to be very offensive to put pressure on the opponents defence. Again our defence needs to be offensive by not allowing the opponents to come close to our goal and again forcing them to make mistakes to win the ball,” said Mwathi.

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