The CAVB African Volleyball club championships serves off on today April 22 in Tunis with Kenya representative Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons up against tough competition.
Pipeline will take on Ghana Police, Tunisia’s Sonatrach and FAP from Cameroon in Pool C while Prisons are in Pool D alongside El Shams of EgyptNigeria champions Jos, Ndela from Gabon and Cameroon’s Injis.
Pool A has Tunisia’s Carthage, Uganda’s Ndejje, Rwanda’s Revenue Authority and Algeria’s Mechaal Bejaia while Pool B pits defending champions Ahly of Egypt, Sfaxien of Tunisia, Cameroon’s Bafia and Algeria’s Wilaya Bejaia.
The Kenyan teams arrived early in the week ready for the competition which Kenya Prisons coach David Lung’aho has said will not be easy to navigate through.
“The most important thing first will be to get past the group stage. The knockouts are a different ball game because the winner takes it all. It is at the group stage that we cannot afford to falter,” said Lung’aho.
Lung’aho is happy to have Mercy Moim who was cleared by the FIVB to play for the Prisons after taking leave from her Finland based side Orpo.
“Moim brings in vast experience especially from Finland where she has been for some time. I expect her to offer great leadership especially to the younger girls in the team who have not travelled much. Remember we do not have Jane Wacu and Brackcedes Agala who could not get clearance in time from France where they play for Chamalieres but we will make do with the players we have and I am confident they can do well. It also gives the younger players an opportunity to showcase themselves,” he added.