ARDOVA HANDBALL: Kano Pillars, Safety Babes Begins Title Defence On A Good Note

Defending champions, Kano Pillars began the defense of their title with a well deserved victory defeating, Rima Strikers on day 1 of the Ardova Handball Premier League 2023 phase 1 in Benin City, Edo State.

The Solomon Yola tutored team were made to work hard but eventually earned a comfortable 30-23 victory over Rima Strikers.

In other matches in the men’s category, former champions, Niger United defeated Confluence Stars 28-23 in a highly contested game, while Tojemarine came out on top in the battle of Lagos as they defeated Seasider Boys of Lagos 29-23.

Home team, Bendel Dynamos had a slim win over Police Machine, 24-23 while former champions Safety Shooters easily defeated Benue Buffaloes 38-20

In the women category, newly promoted Delta Force showed tenacity as they surprisedly defeated old war horse, Imo Grasshoppers 25-20.

Elsewhere, Seasider Babes of Lagos couldn’t matchup as they lost 29-25 to an enterprising Defender Babes.

Rima Queens served a sour welcome back package to Bayelsa United with a comfortable 32-24 victory while a last ditch goal gave Plateau Peacocks a 23-22 victory over Bendel Dynamos who had home support.

Defending champion Safety Babes made mince meat of Benue Queens with an emphatic 42-24 victory to begin their title defence.



  1. Delta Force 25-20 Imo Grasshoppers
  2. Lagos Seasiders Babes 25- 29 De Defenders Babes
  3. Rima Queens 32-24 Bayelsa Queens
  4. Plateau Peacocks 23-22 Bendel Dynamos
  5. Safety Babes 42-24 Benue Queens


  1. Pillars 30-23 Rima Strikers
  2. Niger United 28-23 Confluence Stars
  3. Tojemarine Academy 29-23 Seasiders Kings
  1. Bendel Dynamos 24-23 Police Machine
  2. Safety Shooters 38 – 20 Benue Buffaloes
  3. De Defenders 31-27 Correction Boys

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