NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Prisons volleyball club is
hopeful their hard work in training will be rewarded with victory at the Africa
Club Championships, which will be staged in Caro, Egypt from March 6-15.
Head coach David
Lung’aho has moved to camp with his team and hopes to blend both young and
experienced players to recapture the title they last won four years ago.
“We have made
progress in strengthening the team. The players are responding very well, the
young players that we brought on board like Sharon Chepchumba and Laureen Chebet
will be critical in learning the new strength.
“We know each team
enters this competition with hopes of winning. But we need to focus on building
our own winning mentality, strengthening it and making the players feel they are
the best and hopeful that will inspire them to perform better this time,” said
Over 20 clubs have
already have confirmation their participation, beating the old record of 18
teams which happened twice in 2008 and 2017.
Among the teams
eyeing the continental glory are hosts Al-Ahly of Egypt, who have been
successful in the competition a record eight times.
Another local side
Kenya Pipeline, will be eyeing their eighth title with other teams being
defending champions Carthage, Marsa (Tunisia), El-Shams Club (Egypt), Alexandria
Sporting (Egypt), DGSP (DRC), Asec Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire), Vision VB, Nkumba
University (Uganda), BDF (Botswana), AS Douanes, Muzinga (Burundi), Canon de
Ndjii, VB Club (Congo), Injis, FAP, Bafia and Nyong et Kelle (Cameroon).
Last year, Prisons
won bronze after edging out former champions Al-Ahly 3-2 in an event that was
hosted in Monstir City, Tunisia with home side Carthage beating El-Shams in the
finals to claim the gold medal.
Lung’aho is keen
to dig deep and stage a surprise to his North African rivals. The winners of
this competition will have another chance to compete at the qualifying events
for the World Club Championships.