Kenya: Hard Fighting Handball Girls Clinch Kenya’s First Medal at Africa Beach Games

Hammamet — The women’s handball team earned Kenya’s first medal at the Africa Beach Games in Hammamet, Tunisia on Monday afternoon as they claimed silver, following a narrow final day defeat to eventual champions Tunisia.

The Kenyan girls were beaten by the home girls in the shoot-out, after a 1-1 draw in the regulation two sets.

Kenya lost the first set narrowly, but rose with a resounding and spirited performance in the second half, withstanding huge pressure from the noisy home fans.

However, they could not carry on the fight to the shoot-out with Tunisia showing their experience to win.

They however had done enough to finish second in the five-team round-robin tournament.

Skipper Michelle Adhaimbo was delighted with the silver medal, and says it gives them motivation that they can do even better, having improved from a fourth-place finish in the first edition in Sal, Cape Verde, in 2019.

“This means so much for us because most of the players in the team are necomers and this is their first time at such a competition. For them to go back home with a medal means so much and it gives us motivation to push more,” Adhaimbo, also the skipper of the national regular handball team said.

She added; “This has given us a picture of where we are as a team and it shows us that it is possible to do better. We came very close this time and we will take our lessons and do better in the next championship.”