Oct 13, 2010, 11:34 AM
The Gambia Handball team on Monday returned to Banjul after successfully taking part in the U-20 Handball Female Challenge trophy in Bamako, Mali, with three victories out of five matches, Pointsport has gathered from the association's head coach Ben Hoopers.
The Gambian side began the competition with a hard fought 39 points to 24 points defeat to Cape Verde in the opening day of the campaign before going ahead to succumb to another defeat in the hands of Guinea Conakry who entertained them to 26 points to 21 points defeat.
After some frustrating start to the competition, the Gambian team did enough to recover from an unconvincing start, as they collected their first win against Bissau by 21 points to 26.
They recorded their second win against the same Guinea Bissau team by 22 points to 20 before wrapping up the championship with an impressive 20 points to 2 points win over Mauritania whose efforts were not enough to give them any victory sitting at the bottom of the table in the process.
The competition saw Cape Verde emerged as the champions closely followed by Senegal, with Guinea Conakry occupying the third spot.
Mali took fourth place followed by The Gambia, while Guinea Bissau sits at sixth position.
Mauritania who failed to win in five fixtures rooted at the bottom of the eight team table.