Kenya exempted from Africa Zonal Rio qualifiers

By elvince joshua
Dec 23, 2021
  • The women\'s team which is ranked first in Africa will have to go through the All Africa Games zonal qualifiers set for between April and May 2015. (Photo Courtesy FIVB)

National Oil Corporation’s (NOC) Ksh.42m three year deal signed this year with Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) to cater for the women’s team will stay intact for a while after the reigning Africa champions landed a free ticket to the final phase of the qualifiers.

The men’s team will have another chance to chase their ticket for Rio Olympics, at the Africa zonal qualifiers set for late next year.

But, the women’s team will have to go through the All Africa Games zonal qualifiers set for between April and May 2015. The zonal qualifiers will see 11 teams from the seven zones join hosts Congo Brazzaville.

This Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) announcement also exempted Africa’s top nations, Tunisia, Egypt and Cameroon which occupy the top three positions, a direct ticket to the last phase of qualifiers set for late next year.

The announcement was made at the CAVB Zone presidents' Meeting held in Cairo, Egypt last week headed by CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani who also announced his intention to defend his seat in the next election.

The zone presidents proposed to start the procedure with zonal qualifications during November and December 2015 to qualify 12 teams from the zones as follows: Zone one and seven will be seeking for tickets to the final phase between January and March 2015 same as those teams from zones two, three, four, five and six who will be in the same group to join the top three African teams in the 16 nations championships. 

Winners of the final phase, men and women will represent Africa in the Rio Games. Kenya (women) lost the chance to represent Africa in the last Olympic games to Algeria, a team they had beaten in their last three meetings since 2012. 

Kenya (women) is ranked first in Africa and 19th in the World according to the latest International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) World rankings released last week while their male colleagues who are rarely entered into major championships are a ranked eighth in the continent and 63rd globally.

Now that KVF will not be bidding to host the zonal qualifiers as they had announced a month ago, the situation could be complicated for the men’s team who may miss the Zonal competitions.