• Kenya to host Women African Cup of Nations

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Jun 26, 2011- Kenya shall be hosting the African Cup of Nations Volleyball women’s championship in August.

The decision was ratified at a Kenya Volleyball Federation executive committee meeting held on June 25, at the federation’s secretariat at the Nyayo National stadium. The  winner shall qualify for the Volleyball World Cup to be held in Japan next year.

The event tentatively scheduled for 15 to 25 August 2011, is likely to attract the crème de la crème of African volleyball women teams including powerhouses like Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Cameroon and the host country as well as upcoming ones like Tunisia, Botswana, Senegal, DRC, and Seychelles, among others. Neighbours, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Tanzania are also likely to attend. The teams that have qualified for the Moputo AAG will use the competition as part of their build up matches for the Games that will follow shortly thereafter.

The National Women’s team for the Cup of Nations and AAG will start non-residential training for the two competitions on 12 July 2011. The provisional team will be named during the 5th Leg of the National League Cum KVF Memorial Tournament to be held in Kisumu from 8 to 10 July 2011.

The Meeting also confirmed that Kenya will be hosting an International Zonal Beach Volleyball Tournament (CCUP Zonal - R1 – Group D) in Mombasa from 26 to 30 July 2011. Thirteen (13) countries including Kenya will be taking part in the sand version of the volleyball sport, whose winners qualify to move to the second round of the competition, which is also an Olympics Games Qualifier. Other teams that have confirmed taking part are: Burundi, Comoros,  Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia,  Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The Kenyan contingent of  eight players or four pairs are Patrick Owino and Sila Makiso; Ibrahim Oduor and Evans Bera (Men) and, Dorcas Ndasaba and Margaret Indakala and Edinah Rotich and Eunice Maiyo. The Officials are Patricia Hughes-Scott and Sammy Mulinge.

Meanwhile, KVF-NEC has lifted unconditionally an earlier decision asking Sammy Kirongo, who led the Kenya National Men’s Team to the AAG Qualifier in that was held in Rwanda to step aside from coaching activities. The Committee had taken the decision following adverse reports received from EAPCC who sponsors of Blue Triangle teams that he has been coaching in the last few years.

 

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