Gallant Kenya to face holders India in Roll Ball World cup semis

Kenyan men’s roll ball players in action during the second edition of the World cup matches held in Kenya in 2013. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: National men’s Roll Ball team faces an uphill task in a bid to win its maiden Roll Ball World cup title after it was paired with defending champions India in the semis slated for Wednesday at Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The team has been resilient this far winning all its four opening matches before narrowly clipping Latvia 5-4 in the quarters on Tuesday to reach the last four.

Coming up against India is an opportunity for Kenya to revenge the 9-4 loss it suffered when the two sides met in 2015 at the same stage in Pune, India.

Elsewhere, women defending champions Kenya will take on Iran in the semis on Wednesday after thrashing perennial rivals Uganda 5-0 in the quarter finals on Tuesday.

Kenya booked quarters slot without taking to the court following the disqualification of Rwanda and Zambia from the championship.

This is the fourth edition of Roll Ball World Cup and is expected to come to close on February 23 having kicked off on February 17 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The first edition was held in 2011 at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune India, while Kenya hosted the second edition in 2013.

Roll ball is played on skates and between two teams of 12 players, with only six players out of the 12 are allowed to play on court at a time.

A player can hold the ball in one hand or both hands, but must dribble the ball while carrying it.