NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan teams Pipeline and Prisons wound up their
training, hoping their preparation was enough to help them win
the volleyball Africa Club Championships, which starts in Cairo
The two sides are
due to jet out on Saturday for Cairo with Kenya Prisons coach
David Lung’aho buoyant he will break the duck in the Egyptian
capital and secure the team its first title in five years. Kenya
Prisons last won the title in 2013.
“It has been four
agonizing years since we last won the title. Other teams have
improved and done well, but it is down to our own preparations
and how we have strengthened the team. Competition is good and
we always expect tough challenge each year,” said Lung’aho in
Nairobi on Friday.
On the other side,
Kenya Pipeline head coach Japheth Munala said he will not give
up his quest for the title without a fight and warned there will
be no love lost should his side end up clashing with Kenya
Prisons in the finals.
“I know there will
be other teams, especially from North Africa, but we have done
our homework and believe we will get to the finals. Whoever we
meet there will mean nothing to us as long as they stand in our
path to the title we will crush them,” he warned.
Kenya Prisons will
be hopeful they will win the title to secure qualification to
the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships, which will
be held in Zhejiang Province of China for the next two editions
in 2018 and 2019.
China will follow
Brazil (1991, 1994), Italy (1992), Qatar (2010, 2011, 2012),
Switzerland (2013, 2014, 2015), the Philippines (2016) and Japan
(2017) as host country of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World
The current format
of the tournament involves eight teams competing for the title
at venues within the host nation over a period of one week.
continental championships from Asia, Africa, South America,
Europe along with the host city’s team and a nominated team from
North America will be making the finals in China.
The number of teams
is increased through wild card invitees. The current champions
are Turkey’s Vakifbank Istanbul, who defeated Brazil’s Rio de
Janeiro 3-0 in the final of the 2017 edition, to win their
second title in the competition.
The annual Africa
Club Championship has attracted a record 22 teams. “It has been
very hard for the girls for the last one month but they put in
great effort so we believe in them. It will be good if Kenyan
teams meet in the finals,” said Lung’aho.
Kenya Prisons Squad:
Diana Khisa, Lorine
Chebet, Elizabeth Wanyama, Mercy Moim, Herma Jepyegon, Loise
Jepkosgei, Emmaculate Chemtai, Everlyne Makuto, Sharon
Chepchumba, Yvonne Wavinya, Joy Lusenaka, Edith Mukuvilani,
Shyrine Jepkemboi and Judith Tarus Jerono.