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Kenya to host Africa youth beach volleyball championship

Kenya’s men’s team have chance to prove that they are equally good in continental club volleyball as they departed for the Africa Club Championships

By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- A total of 12 countries will roll up their sleeves in quest for the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) Youth Under-23 Beach volleyball Cup in Mombasa, which starts on Thursday.

The continental event will have teams for both men and women competition.

The countries that have arrived in Mombasa for the men event include host Kenya, giants Egypt, Sudan, Gabon, Chad, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The women competition has attracted teams from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Swaziland, Burundi, Congo Brazzaville and Gabon.

The teams have arrived. It is a major competition and a chance for Kenya to curve a niche in the international arena in beach volleyball. We have a big chance to make the World Beach Volleyball Championships in Poland now that we are playing at home,” said Evans Wasike, secretary general of Kenya Volleyball Federation.

The competition acts as a qualifier for three teams from Africa zone 4, 5, 6 and 7 to the FIVB World Championship of this age category to be held in Myslowice, Poland in June.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) Secretary General Evans Wasike confirmed on Wednesday that five of the 12 countries will send teams in both men and women competition.

Wasike said the two pairs of Kenya team will have Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makokha in women while Maxwell Ekunoit and Nicholas Lagat play in men’s category.

Wasike confirmed that international technical officials and teams started arriving in the country on Monday ready to oversee the tournament.

At the same time, Kenya’s men’s team have real chance to prove that they are equally good in continental club volleyball as they departed for the Africa Club Championships in Tripoli, Libya. The tournament will run from April 19-29.

Kenya’s women’s side are the Africa champions having beaten their Algerian opponents in Antananarivo, Madagascar last week. They will represent Africa at the World Club Championships in Zurich, Switzerland in October.

The best ever performance in continental volleyball for the men’s side remains the runners-up position they recorded during the 2011 edition in Cairo, Egypt.

Head coach Gideon Chenje is alive to the challenge ahead.

The Championships is likely to be very competitive considering that Egyptians are very tough teams when playing at home.

In general we expect stiff opposition from North African - Egypt, Libya, Algeria, Tunisia - which have dominated the show over years,” said Chenje Wednesday in Nairobi.

Chenje remained expectant the tournament draw of lots will favor them. “We have been training hard over the last four months and we’ll go there and play our best volleyball to the best of our ability,” he said.


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