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Kenya women targeted in Kampala fight for Brazzaville slots

Rwanda, with a young team comprising many players from the Under-18 team are one of zonal members with highest ambitions for a slot in the All Africa Games


THE Kenyan scalp is one of main targets for most countries taking part in zonal women’s volleyball championships to pick two representatives of the region at this year’s All Africa Games.

The CAVB (Confederation of African Volleyball) Zone 5 tournament scheduled for April 20-28 in Kampala, Uganda will bring together seven national women’s teams. The two qualifiers will take part in the continental games scheduled for September 4-19 in Congo Brazzaville.

Ambitions

Rwanda are one of the zonal members with highest ambitions for a slot in the Brazzaville games. The Rwanda Volleyball Federation (FRVB) has already confirmed their team for the Kampala qualifiers.

FRVB president Gustave Nkurunziza said: “We have informed the Ministry of Sports and Culture that we want to send the women’s team and we hope that they provide the funds. We have been sending only the men’s team and we really hope that the women too can take part.”

Important

The seven countries expected to attend the tournament are: Burundi, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Rwanda.

The last time a Rwanda senior women’s team participated in any tournament was during the 2011 Africa championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jean Marie Nsengiyumva, the head coach back then said, “It is very important for us to send a team to Uganda because it gives the ladies confidence at an international level. We have to play against big teams so that it improves our level of volleyball. It will also improve our ranking.”

Compete

Many of Rwanda women’s team members are graduates of the existing Under-18 programme.

Rwanda will host the men’s sub-zone 1 event from May 1-6 with Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda expected to compete for one spot to the All Africa Games.

Ethiopia will host the sub- zone 2 in Ethiopia from May 7-13 with Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Somalia and Somalia expected to fight for the one spot.

Immediate

Even though the All Africa Games are high on the Kenya Volleyball Federation [KVF] agenda for 2015, the country’s immediate concern is taking their women’s Under-20 team to the African Nations Championships in Egypt beginning on February 24.

The KVF Chairman, Waithaka Kioni, talked about the preparedness on Friday when the federation unveiled a new kit sponsor. Edge Sports, a Dutch apparel supplier, will henceforth kit the KVF team with merchandise worth Sh3 million annually.

Three years

The first batch of the kit went into use immediately by the women’s Under-20 team training at the Safaricom Arena in Kasarani ahead of the trip to Egypt.

This comes on the heels of KVF receiving a Sh14 m a year sponsorship for the Kenya senior women’s volleyball team in their international engagements for the next three years from National Oil Company [NOC] of Kenya.

10 rounds

And just a few days ago, KVF received a Sh10m sponsorship for their national league competition from the Kenya Pipeline Company. The competition will be known as the Kenya Pipeline Company National League and will be managed by KVF.

The sponsorship will cover both the men and women’s competitions. There will be 10 rounds played on three consecutive weekend days in centres around the country.

– Additional reporting by [Rwanda] ‘The New Times’