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Kenya to host U-20 Africa women volleyball event in August   

By Ben Ochieng NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya will host the Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations women’s volleyball tournament in August, officials announced on Thursday.

Waithaka Kioni, the President of the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) said the event will be held between Aug 24 and Sept 3 in Nairobi after the country was granted the rights to host the event by the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) last year.

“Owing to our track record of holding successful continental events in the past and the experience gathered in hosting big events, I can say without fear that we shall host a successful tournament,” Kioni told journalists in Nairobi.

The team is preparing to travel to Japan for the FIVB Women’s World Championships that will be held from Sept 29 to Oct 20.

Kenya also bid to host the U-21 men’s tournament, but CAVB only awarded the East African nation the rights to host the women’s tournament.

Kioni also announced that the country will play host to the Africa Beach Volleyball Championship in August and will also send a team to the inaugural East Africa Community Games during the same month.

Charles Nyaberi, the Vice-President of KVF, said eight teams have already confirmed participation for the U-20 event.

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EARLIER REPORT:

Uganda names netball squad for World Cup qualifiers

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Uganda has named the squad that will take part in the Netball World Cup qualifying tournament scheduled for Aug 14-18 in Lusaka, Zambia.

The coach Vincent Kiwa Kawooya, told Xinhua on Wednesday that the team should be able to qualify for the World Cup. “We shall not underestimate any team because several teams in the region have improved,” Kawooya said.

The qualifiers organized by the Confederation of African Netball Associations will also act as the 2018 Africa Netball Championship. Uganda won the Africa Netball Championship title in 2016 and 2017.

The seven-nation round robin format will feature Uganda, Malawi, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and hosts Zambia.

“About 30 players have been training and now we have trimmed the team to 15 before England based Peace Proscovia joins on Aug 1,” said Jocelyn Ucanda, the team manager.

South Africa and Malawi who are ranked fifth and sixth by the International Netball Federation have automatically qualified for the World Cup because of their rankings (the top six in the world gain automatic qualification). Uganda will battle to finish first or second in the tournament to book a place for the World Cup.

The Ugandan squad includes Peace Proscovia (Captain), Mary Nuba Cholok, Stella Oyela, Zam Seera, Racheal Nanyanga, Irene Eyaru, Halima Nakachwa, Jessica Achan, and Ruth Meeme. The others are Betty Kiiza, Eshter Awayo, Sylvia Nanyonga, Lilian Ajio, Joan Nampungu, Stella Nanfuka, and Muhaimuna Namuwaya.

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