NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has named a strong 20-member volleyball
team to compete at the Africa Junior Under-20 Nations
Championship in Nairobi from Aug. 24-Sept. 3.
Head coach Paul
Gitau is optimistic his squad will sustain the pressure from
North Africa giants Egypt, Algeria, Morocco to win the
tournament and also qualify as Africa representatives to the
FIVB World Junior Championships.
Other teams that
will be competing in the tournament are Botswana, Seychelles,
Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon and Nigeria.
Speaking in Nairobi
on Wednesday, Gitau said the country has a strong school’s
league and will capitalize on it to build his team.
The coach used the
Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) Term Two
Games in Eldoret, to select the best players.
“I wanted to select
16 players, but I added four more to be certain all will report
to camp. We will trim the team down to 14, but they need to play
together and jell before knowing who will make the cut,” Gitau
said on Wednesday in Nairobi.
tournament is geared toward providing ground for young players
to display their talent and clinch professional contracts with
Egypt is the
defending champion after winning the 2016 competition to
represent Africa at the global championships.
“Kenya has huge
talent in volleyball. Many players coming through the school
system have the potential to break into the senior national
team. I believe I settled on the best players who are willing
and ready to learn,” said the coach.