Nairobi – Nairobi Water women’s handball coach Jack Herbert has called on the new government to help Kenyan teams participate in as many international competitions as possible.
Herbert said Kenyan teams, especially the national league champions, can only improve when they regularly compete against the who-is-who in their respective disciplines.
“What I expect is support for different teams, be it handball, hockey, basketball, football or rugby. This is especially important for the top teams that qualify for continental events and don’t cannot participate. There should be a policy in place that supports winning teams to go and play in club championships. That way they gain visibility and we are able to improve our sport,” Herbert said.
The tactician also spoke of the need for policies that allow talented sportspeople to fulfill their potential as early as possible in their careers.
“I expect the new government to have sports policies and to ensure that every discipline in the country is exposed with resources that allow them to compete with the best. Our teams and players should be able to get help without any difficulty,” he said.
The reigning national champions are perennial contenders at regional and continental level and are the current champions of East and Central Africa, having clinched the title at last year’s edition in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The ‘Water Queens’ are set to fly the national flag again in Africa as they sit comfortably atop the standings with 16 points, four ahead of rivals the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB).
After dispatching another close challenger, Ulinzi Sharks, over the weekend, Herbert is confident of retaining the title for another season.
“We have two more matches in the second leg to play against NCPB and Ulinzi Sharks. We won against both in the first leg…those are the two matches that I would say will be tough, but for the other teams, it will just be a case of game management,” he said.
In the men’s division, the NCPB champions remain on course for a successful title defense after a 43-19 victory over the Technical University of Kenya (TUK).
They extended their lead at the top to 20 points, four ahead of Ulinzi who edged third-placed Black Mamba 23-17.
Both matches were played at Nyayo Stadium.