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