The National Handball League defending champions – Police – extended their lead to nine maximum points after thrashing Nyakabanda 37-18 on Day Three of the 2017 national league on Sunday.
Zachariah Tuyishime and Fidele Hagenimana netted seven and six goals, respectively, to put the five-time champions into three-point lead, ahead of their challenger APR, who have a game-in-hand.
Having started the season with six new players, four of them police officers, coach Assistant Inspector of Police (AIP) Antoine Ntabanganyimana believes they can repeat last year’s unbeaten season to add the fourth consecutive national league trophy in their cabin.
The 2015 East and Central Africa Handball championship winners won the national handball league in 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
“All that’s needed is for players to stay focused to win each and every match; we have done it in the past and we can still do it if we maintain the spirit because we have the full support of the institution,” AIP Ntabanganyimana said.
“Our next match is against APR; it’s one of those big matches that you know can make a difference. We are now going to prepare ourselves well, hopefully we can get those points as well despite the fact that handball, like football, can be unpredictable and anything can happen.”