NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Four injuries might derail Kenya Pipeline’s hopes of
breaking an eight-year drought and winning the Africa Volleyball
Club Championship. To rub salt into the wounds, the team was told on
Friday that their most valuable player Evelyn Makuto will not be
eligible to play when the tournament starts in Cairo, Egypt on March
Makuto, who was declared the most valuable player in the league last
season, is ineligible to play for the seven-time African champions
after she featured for the United Arab Emirates at the Arab Club
Championship, two weeks ago.
Libero player Aggripina Kundu, Christine Siwa, Easter Wangechi and
Sinaida Yvonne are all battling to shake off injuries and be fit in
time to travel with the team to Cairo.
“The training has been going on well though we remained concerned
with the fitness of the four injured players. Coaches like it when
they have problems in selection because they have more options to
pick from. But these injuries are giving me headaches,” said coach
Japheth Munala on Tuesday in Nairobi.
“I hope they will be okay before we wind up our training on Friday.
We are however optimistic of a good show in Egypt,” said Munala.
The closest Pipeline has ever come to winning Africa’s most
prestigious club competition in the last decade was in 2015 when
they lost in the final.
Their last win was back in 2008 and Munala is still waiting for his
first title at the continental level with Kenya Pipeline and he
believes the 2018 tournament may just provide him that glimmer of
Among the teams eyeing the continental glory are hosts Al-Ahly of
Egypt, who have been successful in the competition a record eight
Last year, Prisons won the bronze after edging out Al-Ahly 3-2 in an
event that was hosted in Monastir, Tunisia with the home side
Carthage beating El-Shams in the final to claim the gold medal.