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Ardova Handball Premier League 2024 Phase 1: Tojemarine Academy, Safety Babes in pole position

Posted : 26 May 2024

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Tojemarine Academy and Safety Babes are the clear leaders of the first half of the Ardova Handball Premier League 2024 following the end of phase one of the league in Benin City, Edo State.

Tojemarine Academy finished the first phase unbeaten and is leading the men's category league table with 33 points following their 36-26 victory over Benue Buffaloes on day 11. They are four points ahead of Rima Strikers, who finished the first phase in second place with 29 points after defeating De Defenders 32-25.

The defending champion, Niger United, ended phase 1 on a losing note following their 25-20 defeat against former champion Safety Shooters. Despite having 29 points, the Minna team is in third position because they conceded more goals, while Safety Shooters are in fourth place with 27 points.

Kano Pillars ended phase 1 on a victorious note as they defeated Sunshine Kings 24-22 and are in 5th place with 25 points, while Seasider Boys will need to improve their performance in the second phase following their 31-26 loss to Correction Boys, who are in 7th position with 21 points. Seasider Boys are in 9th position with 15 points.

In the women's category, Safety Babes are still unbeaten in almost two years and are leading the league table with 27 points following their day 11 fixture victory over Rivers, which ended 32-24. Rivers Queens are in sixth position with 19 points.

Defender Babes are in second position with 23 points. Former champion Plateau Peacocks played an outstanding game in the final of phase one to defeat Seasider Babes of Lagos 34-32. This result ensured they finish phase 1 in fifth position with 19 points while Seasider Babes are in 7th position with 15 points.

The second phase of the Ardova Handball Premier League 2024 will take place in Lagos later in the year, where the winners of the league in the male and female categories will be crowned champions of the league.

Results of Match Day 11

1. Rivers Queens vs. Safety Babes: 24-32.
2. Seasider Babes vs. Plateau Peacocks: 32-34.

1. Kano Pillars vs. Sunshine Kings: 24-22.
2. De Defenders vs. Rima Strikers: 25-32.
3. Tojemarine Academy vs. Benue Buffaloes: 36-26.
4. Lagos Seasiders vs. Correction Boys: 26-31.
5. Adamawa Warriors vs. Confluence Stars: 10-00 (W/O).
6. Niger United vs. Safety Shooters: 20-25.


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