NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya women’s national volleyball team hopes to
have two friendly matches against Japan and Brazil ahead of the
World Championships in September.
will seek out their colleagues for possible international
friendly matches to help gauge the Kenyan team’s preparation
ahead of the World Championships.
Lung’aho, the new Kenya Volleyball Federation technical director
said the team is facing financial constraints. The team recently
signed a 420,000 U.S. dollar sponsorship deal with the National
Oil Corporation of Kenya but the coach still believes they are
in the red and still require a similar amount to be able to
successfully travel to the two countries for warm-up matches.
team is doing well in training knowing that it is a crucial year
for us. We have signed a sponsorship deal, but that is not
enough. We need more especially from the government,” said
believes a little boost will help them realize their dream to
play Brazil and Japan and any other team prior to the start of
the World Championships.
we arrive in Japan for the World Championships, we need to
organize and play in at least two international friendly matches
against experienced teams like Japan and Brazil. But if we don’t
have funds, then it will remain a pipe dream,” warned Lung’aho.
coach noted that the level of play among African teams was not
good enough and would not help in their assignment. Kenya wound
up second, losing to host Cameroon in Yaounde, in the Africa
Nations Cup finals in 2017 to book their ticket to the World
Cameroon and Kenya qualified for the World Championships and
whereas the Cameroonians will be pitching camp in Marseille,
France for training, the Kenyan side is stuck in Nairobi.
pooled alongside Serbia, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Puerto
Rico and Kazakhstan at the World Championships.
National volleyball team seeks to curve
niche at World championships in Japan