Prisons leads Kenya's quest for honours in club event, APR pulls out

May 09, 2012
  • Kenya Prisons players pose with Gor Maha Coach Zdravko Logarusic after their team training session at Nyayo. Gor Mahia donated training kits to the team.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Algeria Nedjmet of Chlef Club Loumi Amina during the teams training session at Nyayo national gymnasium.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya Prison women’s head coach, David Lung’aho left out Florence Bosire, Joy Lusaneka, Dorcas Chepleting and Leah Anduso from his squad that kicks off their cup defence of the Africa Club championship that begins Thursday at the Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani and Nazarene University gymnasiums.

Setter Bosire who was just coming back from injury she sustained early this year and three new inclusions opting to stick with his seasoned and fittest players for the crucial championships.

Brackcedis Agala will captain prisons during the games holding fort for Diana Khisia who has not fully recovered from an injury. The three Kenya teams lead by defending champions, Kenya Prison winners of the Cup twice, Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Commercial Bank are looking to retain the trophy.

Algerian club, MCR Chlef are looking more for exposure and have written off their chances of winning the games leaving Efoulon (Cameroon) as the main challengers following a late withdrawal of other East African giants APR of Rwanda due to financial constraints.

“We have a young squad which is barely four years old.So winning the championship may not be possible, we are only coming here to gain experience,” said Chlef head coach, Bousaide Salah after guiding his team through a light training session at the Nyayo National stadium gymnasium.

Bousaide has only two national players in the team, Asabet Faiza and Aissou Tissaadit.

Meanwhile, APR’s vice president in charge of volleyball Bosco Muhizi told sportsnewsarena.com in Kigali that the army side has decided to withdraw from the continental competition citing financial constraints.

Muhizi explained that the team could not raise its budget of about Ksh.2.6m ($32, 000) to cover its food, accommodation, travel fees and allowances for the women’s outfit while in Nairobi.

The army side last participated at this annual tournament in 2010 in Mauritius where they finished eighth.

“We are so disappointed that we shall not make the trip because we have been preparing for this tournament since January and for sure we wanted to finish among the top four sides,” pointed out Patrick Sibomana, the head coach of APR.

According to Muhizi, the APR sporting budget was suffocated by the return leg fixture of the football side that travelled to Tunisia last month to play against Etoile du Sahel in the first round of the CAF Champions League. APR lost 3-2 to the hosts.

The APR men’s volleyball team also travelled to Tunisia last month for the Men Africa club championships hosted by Etoile du Sahel where they finished tenth after losing to Kenya’s General Service Unit (GSU) in the 9-10th playoff.

The army side had earlier reinforced their side with new signings from league champions Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) including Claudette Muhongerwa and seasoned volleyball player also Kenya’s all time dependable Dorcas Ndasaba.

At 42, Ndasaba who has star performed for Kenya at two FIVB World Cups was hoping to guide her side alongside another seasoned player in Margaret Indakala.

 

Elvince Joshua & Usher Komugisha

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