Can Kenya Pipeline quell another Prisons flare-up?

May 18, 2012

Kenya Prison dependable player Brackcedis Agala is doubtful for Saturday’s crucial Africa Women Club Championships final match against local rivals, Kenya pipeline at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Agala picked up an ankle injury in their semi final match against NRC Chlef of Algeria and her absence could dent David Lung’aho’s bid for a third African title and a ticket to the World club event as curtains come dowm on the nine-day championships.

“There is no much improvement, the leg is still swollen and I doubt if I’ll play tomorrow but with or without me in the court we expect to win,” said the captain.

Lung’aho is however hopeful that the player who displayed brilliance in their semi final match with the North Africans will be available for selection in the all Kenyan final which is expected to be a thriller.

“We had light training in the morning where the doctor looked at it (Injury) and it’s not that serious and we expect her to be fit by tomorrow,” added the coach.

Pipeline, the national champions who lost to Prison in last year’s finals after two of their dependable players Asha Makuto fractured her leg in the finals and Rhoda Lyali who with a hand injury in the group stages are at full strength this time round.

“Last year they beat us in the finals because we had a number of players out with injury, we want to revenge that defeat tomorrow. We’ve prepared and ready to meet them in the final,” she added.

Pipeline’s Roseline Odhiambo also aggravated her ankle injury in their match against FAP of Cameroon but the doctor has given her a clean bill of health and should start in the final. The finals match will kick off at 4.00pm after the second and third Runners-up match pitting Chlef and FAP set for 2.00pm.

The two sides last met in December 2011 during the national league playoffs where Pipeline floored the wardress in straight sets to be crowned the national champions.

But Pipeline will be eager to avenge their earlier defeat at the Africa Nazarene University to Prisons, who Continental three times champions beat them to be crowned the Africa champion for the third time a month into Japheth Munala’s reign as coach.

Meanwhile, after announcing his intention to take over the leadership at the International Volleyball Federation, (FIVB) early in February, the American Volleyball CEO, Doug Bael shifted his campaign to Africa where he met over five heads of Federations in Nairobi Friday.

Beal who plans to take on FIVB Beach Volleyball Commission President Dr. Ary Graca from Brazil to who has so far received support from three heads of continental federation led by CAVB President Amr Elwani.

Bael’s promised to develop African volleyball and beach volleyball if he ascends to the seat during the September 21 election that will be held on the last day of the FIVB Congress in Anaheim, California.

 

Elvince Joshua

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