"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
"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.