By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Former national women’s volleyball coach Paul
Gitau has been appointed to guide Kenya’s U-20 team in the
Africa Nations Championship, which will be held in Nairobi in
which brings together the continent’s best teams, will see the
winner secure a ticket to the world U-20 championships in China.
The Confederation of
African Volleyball (CAVB) awarded the hosting rights for the
junior women’s and men’s volleyball competition to Nairobi and
Lagos respectively, during its congress last month in Cairo,
Egypt. The women’s U-20 African Nations Championship will be
held from August 24 to September 3.
“It will be a great
challenge for me to guide the youth team to victory at home. We
have to plan well because as hosts, Kenya will be under pressure
to deliver the gold medal,” said Gitau on Tuesday in Nairobi.
“My past record
speaks for itself. I have led the senior team to glory before
and this puts me in pole position to guide this team to glory. I
am ready for the assignment and hope Egypt and Cameroon will
have their best players on show so that the best can win,” the
new coach added.
Egypt are defending
champions after winning the 2017 competition to represent Africa
at the global championships.
“This is our chance
to gain some revenge against Egypt. We can only hope for the
best going forward,” said Gitau.
The technical bench
will feature Gitau, together with Halima Bakari and Elisha Aliwa
as his assistant coaches, while former international Catherine
Mabwi serves as team manager.
Kenya is hopeful
that renovation work in Nairobi’s stadiums will be complete in
time for the competition.
Ben Juma, the Kenya
Volleyball Federation (KVF) secretary general, said if the
number of participating teams exceeds 12, the country will be
stripped of the hosting rights as it lacks two functional indoor
Meanwhile, the U-23
African Nations Championships for both genders will not serve as
a qualifying tournament for next year’s World Championship.
volleyball governing body has changed its rules and will now
host the world championships every four years and not every two
years as has been the case before.