NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya hopes to break the duck and join the big
league of champions in women volleyball as the World
Championships starts in Japan on Saturday.
Kenya and Cameroon
will be representing Africa breaking the dominance of North
African teams. Head coach Japheth Munala targets winning two
matches in the group stages to sail through to the round of 16.
“We are set for the
championship and the underdog tag will help us triumph in Japan.
At least I will only be focusing on the second round and once I
achieve that then we can think of winning the title,” said
Munala on Tuesday.
The Kenya team,
which has pitched camp in Japan for acclimatization, is in Group
D and will play against giants Brazil, the Dominican Republic,
Serbia, Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan.
however, feels Olympic champions China will be the team to see
the three week tournament.
“Kenya has a young
team, but we lack the experience and technical ability to rule
the World Championship,” Munala told Xinhua in Nairobi.
volleyball team have won a major international volleyball title
in each of the last three years. They are the team to watch,”
But history will
count for nothing when the 24 teams arrive in Japan for the
biggest competition in volleyball. Each of these teams found
their own “road to Japan” through the qualification process,
which started in August 2014 with the official announcement of
the hosting country. The qualification campaign lasted until
October, last year. Hosts Japan and champions USA were spared
from the grueling qualification process.
Championship runs from Sept. 29 to Oct. 20 in six Japanese
cities with Yokohama hosting the semifinals and the finals.