NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya women’s national volleyball team hopes to
have two friendly matches against Japan and Brazil ahead of the
World Championships in September.
The team will seek
out their colleagues for possible international friendly matches
to help gauge the Kenyan team’s preparation ahead of the World
David Lung’aho, the
new Kenya Volleyball Federation technical director said the team
is facing financial constraints. The team recently signed a
420,000 U.S. dollar sponsorship deal with the National Oil
Corporation of Kenya but the coach still believes they are in
the red and still require a similar amount to be able to
successfully travel to the two countries for warm-up matches.
“The team is doing
well in training knowing that it is a crucial year for us. We
have signed a sponsorship deal, but that is not enough. We need
more especially from the government,” said Lung’aho.
Lung’aho believes a
little boost will help them realize their dream to play Brazil
and Japan and any other team prior to the start of the World
“Before we arrive in
Japan for the World Championships, we need to organize and play
in at least two international friendly matches against
experienced teams like Japan and Brazil. But if we don’t have
funds, then it will remain a pipe dream,” warned Lung’aho.
The coach noted that
the level of play among African teams was not good enough and
would not help in their assignment. Kenya wound up second,
losing to host Cameroon in Yaounde, in the Africa Nations Cup
finals in 2017 to book their ticket to the World Championships.
Both Cameroon and
Kenya qualified for the World Championships and whereas the
Cameroonians will be pitching camp in Marseille, France for
training, the Kenyan side is stuck in Nairobi.
Kenya is pooled
alongside Serbia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico
and Kazakhstan at the World Championships.