NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya teams hope their top ranking will see them
evade clashing with North African opponents in the preliminary
rounds of the Africa women’s Club championships in Cairo, Egypt.
Kenya Prisons and
Kenya Pipeline are seeking to end the jinx and win the country
its first continental title in five years.
Prisons head coach
David Lung’aho hopes his charges will weather the storm and
claim the silverware and a chance to compete at the FIVB
Volleyball Women’s Club World Championships in Zhejiang Province
of China in September.
“The best strategy
would be to avoid giants Al Ahly and El Shaams of Egypt,
champions Carthage (Tunisia) and Pipeline in the group stages,”
Lung’aho said on Monday.
will be tough, should all teams arrive, each pool will have at
least five matches which is tricky,” he added.
Prisons are the last
Kenyan club to win this competition in Madagascar five years
ago. Both Kenyan teams arrived in Cairo on Sunday ahead of the
drawing of lots to determine the pools on Monday.
Organizers of the
tournament have said Tunisia’s CF Carthage arrived in Cairo on
Sunday hopeful they will defend their title and make it their
third win in history of the competition.
Al-Ahly, who have
eight titles under their belt, have been pitching camp in
Slovenia where they played several friendly matches against
local clubs. But that experience may count for nothing if they
fail to replicate it at home.
Pipeline have seven titles to their name, Kenya Prisons (5
titles). Other top teams are Rwanda Revenue Authority and
A total of 22 clubs
are up for the battle with the winner clinching the ticket to
the World Club Championships in East China.