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The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain champions Al Najma entered the gold medal match of the 38th Gulf Club Men’s Handball Championship last night with a 28-21 win over Al Ahly of Qatar in their semi-final game in Kuwait City.
Najma was the aggressor from the start and never wavered in her bid to secure her ticket to the tournament final. They were up 9-4 midway through the first half and held on to a 14-8 lead at the break.
The Bahrainis then did well to hold their advantage in the final 30 minutes en route to securing the winning margin of seven goals. Najma is now set to face the winner of the other match of the last four between Al Kuwait SC of Kuwait and Mudhar of Saudi Arabia.
The competition for the title will take place on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. and will be preceded by the match for the bronze medal at 5:00 p.m. Tomorrow, the fifth-place ladder match will be between Al Salmiya of Kuwait and Al Jazeera of the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking about last night’s win, Najma’s French professional Olivier Nyokas commented: “We played a very good game in defence, it was really important today.
“For us, the objective was to go to the final. We are now at the goal. We still have one game, it’s really important for us, and it will be a very difficult game. “We will see who we play against, but it will definitely be a very difficult game. In a final, anything can happen. We will rest, concentrate and try to win the final.
Nyokas played a key role for Najma in the contest, alongside his brother Alix Kevynn Nyokas, as did Bahraini talents Hussain Al Sayyad, Mohammed Abdulhussain, Hassan Shehab, Bilal Basham, Mahdi Saad, Komail Mahfoodh, Mohammed Mirza and Ali Eid . Following yesterday’s contest, Salem Qambar from Ahly was named best player of the match.