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Africa women volleyball champions Prison Kenya set for Zurich’s World Club championships‏

Posted by African Press International on September 28, 2013

  • By Robert Kibet                                                                September 8, 2013

Kenya Pipeline, the 2011 national league women volleyball title holders is a strong opponent of the five times Confederation of Africa Volleyball Federation (CAFB) and national women volleyball league defending champions Prisons Kenya, head coach David Lung’aho has admitted.

In an interview with API  in Nakuru after the just concluded fifth leg of the national league and the open challenge tournament, Lung’aho said the team performance was of high standard despite loosing to Kenya Pipeline at the tournament’s final that ended 3-2(25-18, 22-25, 14-25, 25-14, 15-9) in favour of Kenya Pipeline.

And as the team report at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani yesterday for training ahead of the October Zurich, Switzerland World Club Championships, team’s head coach Lung’aho is happy for winning the fifth leg against Mount Kenya University team at the finals of the of the fifth leg.

Lung’aho said the loss to Pipelines team in the final match at some extent was contributed by the absence of team captain Brackcies Khadambi who travelled home due to domestic problems, Loice Chepkosgei who is nursing   an arm string injury as well as top scorer Lydia Maiyo who has been out for maternity leave.

“Absence of the three players in the fifth leg and the KVF open tournament cost us a loss at the finals, but I am happy with the team’s performance all through match fixtures in both league and open tournament,” said Lung’aho.

He adds, “Kenya Pipeline is our strong opponent as far in which both the teams have won three matches each. They (Kenya Pipeline) had a tactful play and as for our side we used back benchers to replace the three strong players.”

The warders had beaten KCB and Ulinzi in the fifth leg, and as regard to the past four legs of the national league, Prisons Kenya have won five matches losing one match against Kenya Pipeline in Eldoret.

Lung’aho said the coordination of experienced players Lucy Wacu, Mercy Moim and Everline Makuto earned the team a win at the fifth leg.

The tall tactful coach who has experience of playing for various teams including the Kenyan volleyball team, says Prisons Kenya only have hopes of settling for third or fourth slot at this year’s national league.

As the team start training at Kasarani, Lung’aho said he is going to major in working on loopholes identified during the Nakuru matches, such as lack of ball control and attacks.

The team to the World Club Championships in Zurich, Switzerland will comprise of 16 players.

At the same time, Coach Lung’aho has exuded confidence of better performance this year at the world club championships, saying they are working on past mistakes.

“It was tough beating Petroliers of Nigeria in a match that ended 3-2 during this year’s CAFB championships in Antananarivo, Madagascar but the we know that there is a huge task ahead of us at this year’s World Cup Championship,” Lung’aho said.

The Prisons women team is reporting for training as the under-23 Kenya team also prepares for training ahead of the Under-23 World Cup Championships in Mexico sometimes in September.

Lung’aho adds that they learnt of mistakes when they lost 3-0 and 4-1 to Europe Champions Fenerbahce Universal Istanbul of Turkey and North and Central America side (NORCECA) Lancheras de Catano of Puerto Rico in Group B in last World Club Championships.

Asked on identification of local and young talent on the grassroots, Lung’aho said much needs to be done which has to involve stakeholders’ collaboration.

“There are already steps taken by going around the country training coaches in a bid to establish good volleyball talents,” he said.

On sponsorships, Lung’aho called on various stakeholders including corporate to come in and support volleyball teams in regard to facilities.

Prisons Kenya also preparing to battle it out for Africa Cup of Nations championships to be held at Nairobi’s Kasarani beginning September this year.



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