Kikosi cha Valantia Zanzibar (KVZ) suffered a 52-40 defeat at the hands of Uganda Prisons at the ongoing East and Central Africa Netball Senior Club Championships at the Nyayo national stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday.
Florence Amono and Georgia Amongin inspired the Ugandan outfit to their second victory of the weeklong tournament against a resilient KVZ side. The Prisons pair withstood all the pressure that their Isles opponents threw at them, netting all the goals in the game.
The game had earlier put Prisons coach Imelda Nyogesa under pressure with the game at 23-21. But she appeared relieved after the game ended with a difference of 12 goals.
“I truly needed this win to stay safe in my pool. I am sure I will make it to the next level,” Nyongesa said after her team’s victory.
Amina Khamk and Peter Pilly netted KVZ’s consolation goals. The Prison ladies team joined their Ugandan counterparts defending champions NIC and university side UCU at 4 points from their two games. Prisons had on Sunday registered a narrow victory after beating Kenyan side ULINZI 36-35 to earn their first victory in Pool B.
On the same day, UCU also walloped Kenya Port Authority (KPA) 50-38 to level points with NIC in Pool A. The group stage matches are scheduled to end on Thursday. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the semi-finals due on Friday.
Hosts Kenya are represented in the tournament by last year’s runners-up Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MOIC), Ulinzi, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in the women’s category.
Uganda have National Insurance Corporation (NIC), Uganda Prisons and Uganda Christian University (UCU). KVZ represent Zanzibar while New Diamond Hands (NDH) represent Ghana. There is also Awisa Netball of Namibia in the women’s category.
Prisons Kenya are defending the men’s title they won last year in Uganda with Ganec and Kenyatta National Hospital clubs also representing Kenya. Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (Zanzibar), Police from Tanzania Mainland, Takoradi Club Stars (TCS) from Ghana, Uganda Prisons and Kampala University from Uganda are other clubs taking part in the Championship.
Source Tanzania Daily News