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Kenya confident of place in World volleyball championships

08 January 2014, 12:21

Nairobi - Kenya targets a clean sweep during the women volleyball World Championships African qualifiers, which will be played in Nairobi in February.

Head coach David Lung'aho is certain the hosts can claim the lone spot in the region and make it to the world championships finals in Italy in October.

"This competition is crucial. We have dominated the sport in the continent, but we are lucky, giants Algeria and Egypt have been kept outside our regional qualifiers. But it does not mean we have weaker opponents. Surprises in such events makes it enjoyable, so I will be out to caution against complacence or over-confidence, " Lung'aho said.

Lung'aho maintained that he would pick his final 12 from the original squad of 18 that formed the first provisional team.

"I will still use the 18 players who started the qualifying process. These are the players who will form my final squad of 12, " he said in Nairobi on Sunday.

The tournament (Group Two) will bring together seven top teams. Group One tournament will be in Cairo, while Group Three will be in Algeria.

Teams that will play in Group Two are hosts Kenya, Seychelles, Uganda, Tunisia, Senegal, Mozambique and Cape Verde.

The competition would be played on round-and-robin format and ultimate winners earn automatic qualification to World Championships.

After two editions as hosts men's World Championship, including the last in 2010, Italy will host the women for the first time ever from Sept. 23 to Oct. 12.

As one of volleyball's strongest and proudest nations, the best of women's volleyball will have a wonderful stage to perform on, especially after an outstanding standard was set during the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Championship in 2010.

Not only does the country of Italy have a rich history in culture but also in volleyball. A total of six cities - Rome, Trieste, Verona, Bari, Modena, Milan - will host the volleyball premier tournament for women.

Italy has hosted many women's competition in the past - the FIVB Junior World Championships in 1985, four European Championships (1971, 1991, 1999 and 2011) and three finals of the FIVB Grand Prix (2003, 2004, 2006) - but it is the first time for the Women's World Championship.

Considering Italy's history, culture and volleyball landscape, there could be no better mix to host the FIVB premier quadrennial women's volleyball event.

The Women's World Championship will feature 24 teams divided into four pools of six teams for the first round which will be a round-and-robin system over five days three matches per day - with four cities (Rome, Trieste, Bari and Verona) hosting a pool each.

The top four teams of each pool will advance to the second round (in Bari, Trieste, Verona and Modena), where the 16 teams will be split into two pools of eight (top two of Pool A and B, third and fourth of Pool C and Pool D), with the top three of each pool advancing to the third round.

The top three teams from the two second-round pools will advance to the third round with the winners, placed in each pool, while the second and third will be drawn.

The third and final round will consist of a round robin system with the top two teams of each pool advancing to the semi finals before the final takes place in Milan on October 12. Russia are the two-time defending champions after Italy won the title in 2002.

- Xinhua


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