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