Now FIVB grants Africa a direct ticket to world club championships

By elvince joshua
May 01, 2021
  • David Lung'aho, the Kenya Prisons women's volleyball coach.

The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) has made a surprising about turn to grant Africa a direct ticket to the FIVB Women's world club Championship in May.

Earlier in the year, the World body had stated that Africa ‘will have to go to a play off’ with a the best losers from one of the European countries.

But on Tuesday, the organisers of the 2014 Women’s Club World Championship spared GSP Petroliers of Algeria, the new Africa champions, the agony of playing a European nation in the play off through what FIVB online described as a 'wildcard' to Africa.

Did Africa really need a Wildcard to play in the event reserved for continental winner or was this just a plot to lock out Kenya Prisons out of world competition?

This is the question on the lips of the volleyball fraternity which the FIVB need to clarify as the world waits for Zurich to welcome the best women’s Volleyball clubs in the world. “We will protest the decision at the World (FIVB) Congress,” Waithaka Kioni, Kenya Volleyball Federation chairman said when we sought his opinion last weekend.

GSP claimed the Africa club title for the second time on Sunday in Carthage Tunisia after beating Kenya Prisons who were last year’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship participants. Prisons have won the Africa title five times.

GSP will join hosts Volero Zurich, 2014 South America champions Sesi-SP, European club champions Dinamo Kazan, the winners of the Asia Club Championship Japan’s Hisamitsu Springs and the other wild card team Molico Osasco of Brazil. Costly promotion.

Heads back to the barracks

At the same time, prisons will be affected when up to five players, including the coach heads back to the barracks for training. Sportsnewsarena.com has reliably learnt, through a senior officer of the department- that head coach, David Lung’aho will be heading back to Kenya Prisons Training College in Ruiru for training following his promotion last year.

Lung’aho will leave the team to his assistant, Jost Baraza whose diary is also full following his appointment to the head coach of the junior national team expected to kick start their preparation of Africa Youth Championship.

Other players who are expected to be released ‘as soon as possible’ to further their Policing skills are Prackcides Agala, Diana Kisha, Lydia Maiyo, Judith Tarus, Jane Wacu and Mercy Moim.

The squad landed back in the country Wednesday evening to a low reception.

It is the first time Algeria is represented at the FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship but the second time for Africa after Posta of Kenya participated in the inaugural edition in 1991 and 1992.

Kenya Prisons has played in the last four edition-2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 where they managed eighth and fifth place finish respectively.