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Kenya go all out to secure Volleyball World Cup slots

29 January 2014, 12:39

Nairobi - Kenya will give their all to secure spots in the Volleyball World cup for both men and women.

The vice-chairman of Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF), Charles Nyaberi, told journalists in Nairobi on Tuesday they were doing all they could to ensure all the country's professional players link up with the teams that are training in Nairobi ahead of the continental qualifiers.

"We give equal attention to the men and women teams as we strive to expose them even though the women are few meters ahead in terms of performance."

"We are in efforts to facilitate the coming of all professional players including Michael Chemos, Philip Maiyo and James Onteri (men), because we want to put together the toughest team since we have a formidable opponents especially Egypt," the official added.

While the women's team who are reigning African titleholders have participated at the World Championships and Olympics, the men's side is yet to scale similar heights.

On Monday, Italy based libero, John Ndung'u joined the men's national team camp in readiness for World Championship final qualifying round slated for Feb. 5 to 11.

This is the first time Ndung'u has been called up to the national team since joining the paid ranks in Italy eight years ago.

Kenya is drawn alongside Egypt, Zambia, Cape Verde and Botswana in Pool U in the qualifiers to be held in Nairobi.

Winners will qualify for the Poland FIVB World Championships where they will join Pool A to face the hosts, Argentina, Serbia, Australia and Venezuela in the tournament that runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 21.

The women will come up against Seychelles, Uganda, Tunisia, Senegal, Mozambique and Cape Verde also in Pool U of the African qualifiers that will run in Nairobi from Feb. 16-23.

Victors here will qualify for the FIVB World Championships in Italy from Sept. 23 to Oct. 12.

Nyaberi added they were in the process of bidding the Olympics, All Africa Games and U-23 beach volleyball qualifications scheduled for later in the year.

He was speaking on Tuesday during the unveiling of a five-year deal between KVF and pay television service provider Zuku worth 100,000 U.S. dollars annually that will run for five years.

- News24


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