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Egypt to host women’s volleyball Under-18 World Championships

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya has failed in its bid to stage the 2019 volleyball Under-18 World Championships, with world governing body FIVB granting the rights to Egypt.

At the same time, Tunisia has been nominated to host the 2019 Boys’ Under-19 World Championship.

Tarek Al-Adwar, the Confederation of Africa Volleyball spokesperson, said the decision coincides with FIVB president Ary Graca’s new policy of supporting promising national federations and encouraging African team development.

“The FIVB has decided that Tunisia will host the 2019 Boys’ Under-19 World Championship, while Egypt will organize the Girls’ Under-18 competition,” said Al-Adwar on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Kenya has axed six players as head coach Paul Gitau announced a final squad of 14 to compete at the Under-20 women’s African Nations Championship, which starts in Nairobi on Sunday. The six, who were part of Kenya’s Under-18 squad, are Pauline Ito, Esther Nzaphila, Rael Chepkorir, Gloria Nato, Esther Masubo and Eileen Musungu.

“The selection is down to merit and performance on the court. These are the future of Kenyan volleyball and we must be careful how we expose them on the international arena. They have proved they are worthy and will be a tough team to beat,” said Gitau on Saturday in Nairobi.

“I believe we have settled on a side that will help us achieve our target, which is to qualify for the World Championship.”

The eight teams to have confirmed their participation in the competition are Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt, the Seychelles, Botswana, Cameroon, hosts Kenya and Morocco.

The winner of the tournament will book their place at this year’s FIVB World Championships.



Women under-20 volleyball Africa Nations Cup starts in Kenya

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have made last minute confirmation to bring to nine the number of teams that will be competing in the Women’s Under-20 African Nations Championship which started in Nairobi on Sunday.

With the winner of the tournament assured of qualification to the 2019 FIVB World Under-20 Championship, host Kenya is entering its strongest side in a bid to have the title remain at home.

Led by coach Paul Gitau, the Kenyan tactician has expressed confidence in his side to excel.

The hosts have been drawn in Pool A and will open their account against Tanzania on Sunday evening. Other teams in the pool include Nigeria and Cameroon.

Pool B has defending champions Egypt, DRC, Mauritius, Uganda and Rwanda.

Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) president Amr Elwani said he is encouraged by the huge turnout when he led the teams through the drawing of lots where the teams were divided into two pools.

“Hosts Kenya face Tanzania on the opening day while Pool B feature two games as Mauritius play Congo and Egypt meet Uganda. The top two teams of each pool will proceed to the semifinal where Pool A winners meet second of Pool B runner up and Pool B winners against Pool A runner up,” Elwani told Xinhua in Nairobi.

Kenya coach of the junior team will emulate their senior colleagues and win the tournament and qualify for the World Championships.

“Kenyan fans have high expectations because we are playing at home. I have interacted with these girls for the last ten days and I am convinced that we stand a chance of dominating this competition if we can start strongly. We are aiming at the title, but even if we lose, we shall go down fighting,” said Gitau, who won the 2015 African Games title.

Egypt standout as favorite after winning the tournament last year.


Eight volleyball teams to compete in Under-20 women Volley Africa C’ships

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Only eight teams have confirmed participation at this year’s Women’s Under-20 African Nations Championship due to start in Nairobi from Aug. 26 to Sept. 2.

Tarek Al-Adwar, the Confederation of Africa Volleyball officer, said all the top guns are in contention and that the event will produce top performance.

“The confirmed teams are hosts Kenya, defending champions Egypt along with DR Congo, Rwanda, Mauritius, Cameroon, Nigeria and Uganda,” Al-Adwar told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Underdogs Tanzania and Guinea have their participation pending despite having put in a word of their intent to send a team each.

“They are still pending to take part in the competition. Once they pay up we will include them,” he added.

Egypt won the last edition in 2017 after beating Tunisia in the playoff 3-0 and 3-1. After Algeria won the first edition in 2002 hosted by Tunisia, the Egyptian team swept the title for the following seven consecutive times.

However, Kenya, Rwanda and Cameroon are some of the teams that are aiming to stake claim to the title and ruffle the North Africa order.

The competition will act also as a qualifier for the FIVB World Championship of this age category. Kenya team is trained by Paul Gitau and are in camp in Nairobi.



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