Kenyan clubs keen to restore continental volleyball’s lost glory: The Standard

Kenya Prisons player Anne Lowem (13) is blocked by KCB’s Sharon Chepchumba (5) and Mercy Moim (15) during the 2021 KVF National Qualifiers at Makande Gymnasium. [Omondi Onyango, Standard]

Kenyan volleyball teams participating in this year’s Africa Women’s Club Championship left the country today fresh and ready to reclaim their past glory in the continental showpiece which runs tomorrow until June 1 in Tunisia.

The three clubs Prisons Kenya, Kenya Pipeline and KCB have all declared that they want to regain their rightful place in African women’s volleyball.

Kenyan clubs have won the continental title 14 times with Pipeline six times, while Prisons Kenya have won five times. Posta Kenya and KCB have won twice and once respectively since the event’s inception in 1986.

Kenya Prisons National Champions head coach David Lung’aho says they are aiming for an improved performance after winning a bronze medal at last year’s championships held in Kelibia , in Tunisia.

“We have good players who have improved tremendously if their current form is to be believed and we are ready to reclaim the title we last won in 2013,” Lung’aho said in an interview.

Although the veteran coach is not part of the traveling contingent due to other commitments, he said the team has its sights set on a gold medal.

Much like Jails, Kenya Pipeline coach Paul Gitau has said now is the time to end their 17-year title drought.

The Embakasi-based side last won the African Club Championship trophy in 2005.

“I have assembled a good team that has been training hard for the continental event,” said Gitau.

“I am ready to help the team regain their past glory by winning the title we itch. Women’s volleyball is made in Kenya and we have to show it to the whole continent by winning the crown.

He said the tournament is getting better every year with emerging teams, adding that he has prepared his girls well for the task ahead.

KCB coach Japheth Munala has said the team will return to the competition after a four-year absence. The Bankers finished eighth in 2018.

“We are determined to improve on our last performances. The girls are ready for the challenge ahead of them,” he said.

Munala will boast several experienced players led by captain Edith Wisa, striker Sharon Chepchumba and Mercy Moim who have huge international exposure and their experience will be crucial in their continental campaign.

Munala believes the bankers have what it takes to win their second continental title.

Everything is ready for the Défi sportif Africities

The Défi sportif Africities kicks off on Friday with corporate and school football matches to be played at Moi Stadium, Kisumu Polytechnic Grounds