TojeMarine Academy led by Coach Agboola Shittu ended the unbeaten run of Kano Pillars in the 2023 Ardova Handball Premier League on Thursday.
TojeMarine Academy defeated Kano Pillars 23 to 19 goals at the indoor court of Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in front of over 1,000 fans.
The head coach of TojeMarine Academy, Agboola Shittu said he has been looking forward to breaking the unbeaten record set by Kano Pillars in the last three years.
Shittu told www.aclsports.com that TojeMarine will take each match with seriousness as they come.
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The 2003 All African Games bronze medallist said, “I am so elated to beat Kano Pillars and end their unbeaten run after three years. I have been away for two years and it is really a welcome back victory for me.
“There is no champion forever and I was able to draw inspiration from my players because they were determined to beat the Kano Pillars HC team.
“We are going to take every match as they come. I have told the boys who are not in Benin City to impress anyone but give our best.”
Shittu revealed that he took the job of TojeMarine because of the familiar adding that he was familiar with the players.
He said, “I accepted the head coach of TojeMarine Academy because it is a familiar terrain. You are aware that I finished 2nd position with Lagos Seasiders on two occasions and 3rd position once. I am going to be mute for now and wait till the first phase ends.
“You know me quite well that I am always prudent in my expectations but we are poised for the challenge ahead”, he added.
TojeMarine Academy faces highly experienced Safety Shooters of Abuja tomorrow (Friday) in their six match of the handball league
Day 5 results of the 2023 Ardova Handball Premier League
Bayelsa Queens 25-26 Seasider Babes
Plateau Peacocks 27-28 Safety Babes
Benue Queens 27-30 Bendel Dynamos
Imo Grasshoppers 22-27 Defender Babes
5) Rima Queens 31-28 Delta Queens
De Defenders 22-21 Benue Buffaloes
Confluence Stars 33-29 Police Machine
Kano Pillars 19-23 Tojemarine Academy
Niger United 20-21 Lagos Seasiders 20
Correction Boys 24-33 Rima Strikers
Bendel Dynamos 25-36 Safety Shooters