FIFTEEN teams drawn from Nairobi and Mombasa will converge at the Kenyatta Public Beach over the weekend for Mashujaa Open Beach handball tournament in Mombasa.
The tournament which was last held in 2005 at the same venue returns after getting financial boost from International Handball Federation (IHF). Kenya Handball Federation (KHF) coast branch secretary general, Farid Mohammed, said the event was put on hold due lack of financial support but expressed delight after being revived.
"Eight years is a long time for a sport which was gaining popularity in the handball circles, but I am happy the long wait has finally paid off as teams can brace themselves for a good event," he added.
National and Cereals Produce Board (NCPB), Strathmore University, Kenyatta University and Nairobi Water women's club are among the teams that have confirmed participation. Others are defending champions Navy club, Technical University, Glorious club, Kenya University Mombasa Campus, Portreiz Kenya Media Training Centre, Saints, Mombasa Divas.
The schools category will feature Shimba Hills, Kayatiwi, Shanzu and St. George's. Winners will pocket Sh20,000.
Meanwhile, Nairobi Water women's side returned from the Africa Club Championship empty handed after losing all their marches.
Team manager, Mary Musau, said confusion in the host nation Morocco contributed to their dismal show.