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Five Junior Players Promoted to the Pipeline Team

 

Five National under 23 players have graduated into joining the senior ranks of the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) champions Kenya
Pipeline.

Kenya Pipeline head coach Japheth Munala said the five were scouted from schools who and were playing in Pipeline’s  team B have been considered in the senior squad.

 

The players are setter Veronica Tanui and Sinaida Yvonne scouted from Mautuma Secondary School, Edna Mwombe (Kosirai), Beldine Akinyi (Kwathanze) and libero Celestine Nyongesa from Malava.

The players were part of Kenya’s under 23 squad that finished second during the age group World Championships qualifiers in Nairobi who finished second to Egypt to book a ticket for the international extravaganza to be staged in Slovenia in April.

Munala has meanwhile confirmed that the team’s captain Ruth Chepngetich is back in action after a year’s lay off due to sickness.

“Ruth is fit and back in training for the new season and am sure that she will regain her form,” said Munala.

However, Munala said Chepngetich will not get back her captaincy and her replacement Kenya’s international Triza Atuka will continue
captaining the team.

“Atuka has proved to be a team leader and we have confidence in her leadership abilities but we will give Ruth another role in the team,”said Munala.

The coach was speaking during an appreciation breakfast  for the team organised by the team’s sponsor Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday (January 25).

Munala  said they were currently focused for the KVF national league kick off as they prepare to defend their title before training their sights on reclaiming the Africa Club Championships in Tunisia.

The KVF national league kicks off on February 9 in Malaba, Busia County and the draw will be held on January 28 at the Nyayo National
Stadium.

Munala said Kenya Pipeline which finished third at the last edition of the continental showpiece will be aiming for their eighth title in Tunis Tunisia in the competition to be staged on April 6-16.

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Club championship Entry Deadline Set for End February

 

Four Kenyan participants to the 2017 Confederation of Africa Volleyball  (CAVB) men’s and women's club championships-Kenya Prisons men and women, General Service Unit and Kenya Pipeline (women) have until end of February to confirm,  their entry to the annual prestigious event to be hosted in Tunisia between March and April.

With teams from the southern conference having expressed interest to take part in the games, the number of participants is expected to go slightly above a record 42 who took part in the last edition. As such, CAVB has opened the entry on first come-first serve. This means that Kenyan representatives will have to submit their entry early enough to avoid being blocked from the event.

Five-time women's champions, Kenya Prisons will have a shot at their first continental title in four year as they seek to return to the top of Africa club volleyball they once dominated. 

Prisons ruled the continental stage, winning the cup five times including four in a row but their dominance has dwindled in the past three editions where they failed to reach the final. Kenya's dominance at this stage has weaned in the last three editions where Pipeline lost at the semis (2015) and final last year but this edition could be time for the local clubs to turn the tables.

The women’s event will be hosted in the city of Kelibia in April while a Tunis will host the opening stage of the men's competition in April.

Kenya Volleyball Federation men's national league champions, Kenya Prisons and runners up, General Service Unit will carry the country flag in the male competition. CAVB is yet to announce specific dates for both tournaments.

Winners of the continental cup will represent Africa at the  world club cup championship later in the year. Despite dominating the local scene in the past three seasons and continental stage in the past decade, Pipeline has never boarded the plane to the world arena.

The Club Championships is considered one of the most attractive club volleyball tournaments in Africa attracting best clubs from across the continent.

 

Due to the high number of teams expected to grace the event, CAVB will only accept entries son first come-first serve basis. Dealing for submision of entry is set for February 28th.

Last year, a record 42 teams took part in the event with the women's entry attracting 18 clubs while 24 male clubs graced the competition in Cairo, Egypt.

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