Prisons begin World Championship preps

By elvince joshua
Aug 14, 2013
  • Kenya Prisons players in a past training session.(Photo:File)

Kenya Prisons, the five-time champions of Confederation of Africa Volleyball Federation (CAVB) have began preparations for the World Club Championship to be held in Zurich, Switzerland from October 7.

It is the same old story where they have to use the outdoor court at the Nyayo National stadium. This is because, the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani the only standard indoor facility in the country is currently booked with the ongoing East Africa military games.

In Zurich, Prisons will be seeking their first win in three appearances. They will have at least one month training travelling to Zurich on October 6th. The games serve off October 7-15.

The Prisons team is made up of majority of junior players among them Florida Juma, Edith Wisa and Esther Simiyu who joined the side this year from Lugulu Girls and Weaver Board Secondary School.

Others are setter Joy Lusenaka and Florida Makunda who are training alongside experienced Sally Wanjala, Judith Tarus and Loice Tarus.

Up to eight senior players are currently with the women's national team preparing for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations to be held in September.

Assistant coach, Joseph Baraza who is currently taking the team through their paces was quick to point fingers at the national team program which he said was interfering with his team's preparations.

"It’s challenging to have the team divided in two (national team and club) because there is no coordination as a team," said Baraza.

Coaches sweat to fix problem at the right attack

The team will shift their training base to Kasarani after the fifth leg of Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) league set for next weekend in Nakuru.

The two coaches will be concentrating on fixing the problem at the right attack after it became clear that Tarus (Loyce) who covered for Lydia Maiyo (right) will not be travel to Zurich.

Tarus,a natural left attacker is nursing right arm injury while Maiyo is out on maternity leave.

The good news is that Esther Mwombe and Elisheba Chepkemboi will be available for selection after sitting out for over three months on maternity leave.

Mwombe will be moved from the left to right to help cover for Praxcidis Agala who was also moved from the centre to the right following the absence of Maiyo.

Prisons team list: Jane Chepkemboi, Loice Tarus, Joy Lusenaka, Dorcas Chepleting, Edith Wisa, Florida Juma, Rith Sirengo, Esther Simiyu, Sally Wanjala, Elisheba Chepkemboi, Florida Makunda and Judith Tarus