NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women volleyball team will hold a
two-week training camp in Japan prior to the World
Championships, which starts from Sept. 29 to Oct. 30.
The team’s technical
director David Lung’aho says limited funds have forced them to
cancel planned international friendly matches against Brazil and
“We have no budget
to travel abroad for friendly matches. We have to deal with what
we have. However, we will leave early and have a two-week
training camp in Japan prior to start of competition,” Lung’aho
told Xinhua on Thursday in Nairobi.
Kenya is pooled in
Group D alongside Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Dominican Republic
and Puerto Rico.
Kenya returns to the
tournament after skipping the 2014 edition after they were edged
out by Tunisia and Egypt. Kenya will have Cameroon as their
A total of 24 teams
will be battling out with the top three gaining automatic
qualification to the 2020 Japan Olympic Games.
the team, which has won nine Africa titles, will hold firm and
go beyond the preliminary rounds.
“The team is strong
in training and we hope to do well. Many will rule us out but we
want to leave a mark on the championships,” he added.
Kenya is banking on
its young squad to do well in the competition. However, Lung’aho
pointed out weak reception in his backline as an area they are
yet to polish up.
“Our striking has
always been top class. But that need to be supplemented by a
good reception and this has always been our waterloo. Hopefully
we will get it right this time round,” Lung’aho said.
The team beat their
Under-20 women’s side in a training match on Tuesday.
Kenya will host the
Africa Under-20 championships in Nairobi from Aug 26, with eight
teams including defending champs Egypt, Rwanda, Nigeria and
Cameroon sending their squads.
The Kenya senior women’s volleyball team will leave for Japan on
Sept. 18 and has several warm up matches against select Japan
clubs prior to the tournament