NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya women’s volleyball team will seek to
improve on their previous dismal shows in the past five editions
of the World Championship when they launch their title campaign
on Saturday in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Head coach Japheth
Munala has warned rival teams to rule out Kenya at their own
peril as they eye to carve a niche in the competition in their
sixth attempts. Kenya have only missed one edition, in 2014 in
Italy, since they broke the duck in 1994.
However, in all the
five previous competitions, Kenya went home in disappointment,
something coach Munala is keen to turn around.
“We are after
victory. Nobody enters a war to lose. It may not be the main
title, but we will certainly progress to the next round and
target a quarterfinal slot,” Munala said on Friday.
Kenya are in Pool D
and will start their title hunt against Kazakhstan. Munala
believes the two teams are level on experience and skills and a
win will help inspire the team to go the extra mile.
Kenya are in the
same pool with Serbia, the reigning European champions and
silver medalists from the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Serbia will be
looking for their second World Championship medal as one of the
big favorites in the pool, which also has South American
powerhouse Brazil, bronze medalists from the previous World
Championship. There are also Dominican Republic, Kazakhstan and
“We want to start
with a win,” Munala said. “But each team is after a good start,
but we have had a good training in Japan for the last one week
and we will be ready for the test.”
Kenya’s last win on
the global stage was in 2015 when they beat Peru to win the
World Grand Prix group 3 title.
“We want to summon
that spirit and put all the cards on the table. A good start is
critical in the pursuit for the title,” Munala added.
Japan will play host
to the world’s best 24 teams. Six different cities will host the
tournament running from Saturday to October 20. As many as 103
matches, including the grand finale in Yokohama, will be on
Equity Bank team eyes gold
medal at Africa Zone Five basketball tourney
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s Equity Bank team hopes to improve on
their silver medal as they face 29 teams from 11 countries that
will compete in the Africa Zone Five basketball club
championships in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania next month.
which is open to top three teams from each of the 11 countries,
will see men’s silver medalist Equity train their guns on
clinching the gold medal.
drawing of lots will be done on Sunday ahead of the competition
starting on Monday to Oct 7.
The top two teams
will qualify to represent the Zone Five region at the Africa Cup
competitions. Participating teams are from Egypt, Ethiopia,
Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Djibouti, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya,
Rwanda and Burundi.
David Maina, Equity
basketball team coach said they gained more experience and
learnt from the mistakes they committed last year and will be
presenting a stronger team in this year’s competition. Other
Kenya teams are Kenya Ports Authority and Strathmore Blades.
“The team is ready
and we leave on Sunday for Dar es Salaam. The target this time
round is to win after our debut last year. We are more
experienced and know how to tackle our opponents. I am certain
Equity will win the tournament,” said Maina, Saturday in
finished runners-up during last year’s tourney, and have showed
their class dominating the Kenyan basketball league. Equity has
only lost one match this season in the league.
Ports Authority are the defending champion and will be hoping to
retain the title they last won in Kampala, Uganda.
head coach Tony Ochieng said a top four finish will be a good
achievement for the student side, who are debuting at the
“The competition is
stiff, but we believe in our ability. The team has gone through
training and is well prepared for the championship. We will take
each match at a time as this is our first trip in this
competition. We can reach the semis,” said Ochieng.
Blades coach will
however miss the services of star players Brian Onyango, Cliff
Alela and Mike Oketch.