Opening wins for Nairobi, Kasipul in sitting volleyball club tourney

Jun 07, 2021

Nairobi men's team started their campaign on a high note in the two day sitting volleyball national club championship cum world cup trials at the Nyayo Gymnasium Thursday when they beat Central representative, Joy Town in straight sets.

Nairobi under coach Juma Waruku who has been involved in volleyball talent development in the country in won (25-4, 25-14, 25-20) to the dismay of a determined Joy Town who improved their performances with each progressive set in the tournament that are also serving as the Sub Saharan trials for the World club championship that will be staged in Poland in 2013.

Nairobi relied on the services of all rounder, Caleb Odiyo fresh from the NP Paribus Africa wheelchair tennis Olympics qualifiers that was held in Kenya early this year where he lost in the semis and setter Boniface Mureithi.

Kasipul (women) of Nyanza also won their first match against Western province representative, Bungoma whom they beat 2-0 (25-5,5-9) Nairobi women beat Mathira from central 2-0 (25-2, 25-5 while Mathiria men’s beat Kitale with a similar score line of 25-19, 25-13).

Kenya finished second in the Olympic qualifiers in Burundi last year.According to Salamba Miendo, Director of sitting Volleyball the country however still lags behind to be able to fully contend for a Paralympic slot.

“We competed in the Africa zone five in Burundi in 2010 and finished second, we also missed the chances last year when we finished second in the world cup club championships.

We still need to familiarize the game, build more infrastructure before we can take any team to such high level competitions,” said Miendo.

The national league follows a successful completion of the Nyanza edition which was staged in Ugunja with eight teams, five men’s and three women’s teams competing.

 In Nairobi a total of 14 teams, eight men’s and six women’s are taking part.

 

 

Elvince Joshua

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