No direct ticket for Africa to World Club Championship in Zurich

By elvince joshua
Mar 31, 2021
  • Kenya Prisons team at a past World club.

With the completion of the 2014 Confederation of Africa Volleyball- Men's Africa Club Cup Championship, attention now shifts to the women's edition to be staged also in Tunisia.

Unlike the men's competitions, the women’s will draw more attention following a controversial ruling by International Volleyball Federation, (FIVB) to scrap a direct ticket to the World Club Championship by Africa winner in the female competition.

The World Club Games will be staged in Zurich for the second year running, but FIVB think that Africa winners (Kenya Prisons-in the last four years) has not been giving a strong opposition at the world stage- hence the introduction of the discriminative rule.

The International Volleyball regulators are yet to indicate exactly how a team from Africa will qualify having made it clear that the African competition will not act as a direct qualifier.

In this year’s tournament, host club Volero Zurich will be joined by the Continental champions from South America, Europe and Asia while Africa and Oceania participation teams – will be jointly decided by the FIVB and the organizers.

Another likely probability for African teams is to go through a play off. The question Africa should probably ask at the FIVB board meeting is what is the FIVB is doing to promote the standards of Volleyball in Africa apart from giving free nets, antennae and balls every year.

Zurich will open its doors to the volleyball family for a second year running when it welcomes six of the world’s premier clubs for the eighth edition of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship from May 7 to 11.

Last year’s tournament saw VakifBank Istanbul graduate from European to world champions. In front of a packed Saalsporthalle in Zurich, the Turkey representatives beat their South American counterparts Unilever Volei from Brazil in straight sets 3-0 (25-23, 27-25, 25-16) to capture their first ever FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship title.

Unlike the Men’s Club World Championship, the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship has had seven different winners from four different countries.

Brazil has been represented on the winner’s podium three times, while Azerbaijan, Italy and Turkey have all had clubs step on the top podium once.

Prisons to move camp to Kasarani 

Africa is yet to register a win in all the last four editions held in Doha, Qatar (three) and Zurich once.

At the same time, Africa women's defending champions, Kenya Prisons are expected to move their training to Kasarani Indoor Arena ahead of the championship which serves off on May 7-11th in Zurich Prisons has been training at their outdoor base at the Nairobi Prisons along Lang'ata road.

Prisons camp is expected to get additional muscle boost with the expected arrival of Jane Wacu who has been in France for trial.

Wacu is expected to join the team not before April 11 and whether she will make the team is another question altogether considering that she has only trained with her team not more than