Kano Pillars and the Road Safety Babes have become champions of the men and women’s event of the 2019 Nigeria Handball Premier League.
Pillars emerged the men’s champions with an unassailable lead on the league table even before their last game against the Civil Defence Defenders.
The athletes from Kano confirmed their status as the best handball playing team in the country after they defeated the Defenders by 29 to 21 goals on Wednesday evening at the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, in Lagos.
It was a disappointing end for Niger United who finished in 4th position and out of podium as they had same points but scored lesser goals than Lagos Seasiders who defeated Sokoto Rima 40-31 to finish in third with 34 points.
De Defenders finished 5th on the log with 31 points while COAS Shooters defeated Borno Spiders 29-28 to occupy 6th position with 25 points.
Despite losing narrowly by 22-21 points to Kada Stars, Plateau Vipers placed 7th with 17 points while Kada ended the league in 8th position with 16 points.
Owena Kings and Prison Key Boys are the bottom teams. The Akure based Owena defeated the Prison Key Boys 23-21.
In the women’s category, the Road Safety Babes had to dig deep to beat Plateau Peacocks to emerge overall winner.
The Safety Babes defeated the Peacocks by 31 to 29 goals.
The Peacocks were also in line for the title having won the first phase of the tournament earlier in the year in Abuja.
Edo Dynamos finished second with 30 points as they played a 31-31 draw with Ghana Police in a match that didn’t have any significance on the league standings.
Imo Grasshoppers finished fourth with 26 points as they defeated fifth-place Seasider Babes of Lagos 27-21.
The winners of the league received N1 million cash prize, the first runner up received N750,000 while the second runner up got N500,000.