Al Najma champions triumph in league opener | THE DAILY TRIBUNE



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Al Najma and Samaheej were both victorious last night in the opening night of the Khalid bin Hamad Bahrain Handball League 2022/2023, which is played at the Bahrain Handball Association (BHA) Arena in Um Al Hassam. Defending champions Najma battled a tough Bahrain club 33-25, while Samaheej posted an emphatic 29-23 win over Tubli in their match.

In Najma’s win they held a slim 16-12 advantage going into the locker room and then Bahrain Club kept things tight early in the second half. But Najma gradually started to slip away and a goal from Mohammed Habib gave them a 23-20 lead. They continued to widen the gap to 26-22 heading into the final 10 minutes. Back-to-back goals from Habib and Bilal Basham made it 31-23 and they kept going until the final whistle.

Najma’s triumph last night continued where it left off last week, when he lifted the Bahrain Super Cup – the traditional season opener on the national handball stage – with a triumphs 31-24 over his rival Al Ahli. Najma is looking to build on his monumental success from last season, when he won the league title, BHA Cup and Gulf Club Handball Championship, while winning the Asian Championship silver medals. clubs.

Meanwhile, Samaheej used a searing 11-0 run midway through the second half to turn a narrow deficit into a decisive lead, and they never looked back. The game was deadlocked at 13 all at the end of the first half and then Tubli took a 19-16 lead eight minutes after the break.



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But then Samaheej stepped it up and scored the next 11 goals of the game to put it up 27-19. This completely changed the face of the contest as Samaheej held Tubli aimless for nearly 20 minutes. Samaheej went from there as they sealed a well deserved season opener victory. The first week of league action continues tonight and tomorrow. Tonight Al Shabab take on Al Tadhamon at 5.30pm, followed at 7.15pm by a thrilling clash between Al Ahli and Barbar. Tomorrow, Al Ettihad will face Al Ettifaq at 7 p.m.