Kano Pillars, Safety Babes Emerge Champions of Handball League
Kano Pillars and Safety Babes have emerged champions of the 2019 Handball Premier League.
On the final day at the Rowe Park Sports Center, Yaba, Lagos, Kano Pillars defeated De Defenders 29-21 to win the male category of the league with 38 points, two points above Safety Shooters who defeated last year’s champion, Niger United 34-29 to finish as runners up with 36 points.
It was a disappointing end for Niger United who finished in 4th position and out of podium as they had same points but scored lesser goals than Lagos Seasiders who defeated Sokoto Rima 40-31 to finish in third with 34 points.
De Defenders finished 4th on the log with 31 points while COAS Shooters defeated Borno Spiders 29-28 to occupy 6th position with 25 points.
Despite losing narrowly by 22-21 points to Kada Stars, Plateau Vipers finished 7th with 17 points while Kada ended the league in 8th position with 16 points.
Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys are the bottom teams. The Akure based Owena defeated the Prison Key Boys 23-21.
In the female category, Safety Babes celebrated winning the title after beating defending champion Plateau Peacocks 31-29 in a thrilling encounter. The FRSC ladies finished top of the log with 32 points while Plateau finished third with 29 points.
Edo Dynamos finished second with 30 points as they played a 31-31 draw with Ghana Police in a match that didn’t have any significance on the league standings.
Imo Grasshoppers finished fourth with 26 points as they defeated fifth-place Seasider Babes of Lagos 27-21.
The winners of the league received N1million cash prize, the first runner up received N750,000 while the second runner up got N500,000.
Final Day Results
Kano Pillars 29-21 De Defenders
Safety Shooters 34-29 Niger United
Owena Kings 23-21 Prison Key Boys
Lagos Seasiders 40-31 Sokoto Rima
Coas Shooters 29-28 Borno Spiders
Safety Babes 31-29 Plateau Peacocks
Imo Grasshoppers 27-21 Seasider Babes
Ghana Police 31-31 Edo Dynamos