Simlaw Seeds will join the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) League next year, if the federation accepts their request.
The club team leader Timothy Maritim confirmed the new developments during the four-club tournament organized by the Seeds Company at Mathare A4-Grounds.
If KVF accepts their request, Simlaw, which has started recruiting players ahead of the new season, will take over the title of the youngest club in the national league from Nairobi Water Men’s Volleyball team. Water joined the just ended league last March, finishing fifth after the regular season.
But unlike Water who recruited experienced players to aid their debut season, Simlaw has decided to go for raw talent, organizing tournaments which they use to tap fresh talent from the estates.
The club has so far managed to lure 12 players using that system, key among them being Timothy Maritim, Paul Wamalwa and Johnstone Soita who are set to be handed permanent employment, something that other volleyball clubs don’t do.
According to former national Volleyball team head coach Geoffrey Omondi who is the coordinator of the four-nation tournament, they are using the platform as an avenue for unearthing more gems in the growing sport.
“As you may have realized, there are no big names here. This is purely for upcoming players. We need to come up with fresh talent to take up our spaces when we are gone. The only way to do that is to go to the estates like these and give them the chance to come up,” said Omondi who is also the Cooperative Bank head coach.
Omondi meanwhile said he will ‘add one or two’ new players to strengthen his squad ahead of next season. Co-op finished the 2015 league season in seventh as they missed the play-offs.
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