Kenya men’s volleyball team have been placed in a tough Pool ‘A’ in the 2015 African Nations Championship which got underway last night in Cairo, Egypt.
The team coached by Geoffrey Omondi was scheduled to face Egypt last evening before taking on Algeria tomorrow. They round up their preliminary matches against fast-rising Botswana on Saturday.
The men’s side is seeking to emulate their women’s counterparts, who won the women’s version of the competition to qualify for the World Cup set for August 22-September 6 in Japan. Egypt, who are the defending champions have won the event five times while Algeria have done it twice. Kenya’s biggest achievement at continental level was a bronze medal during the 2010 All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.
Coach Omondi said they lack support from the government hence their main undoing has been lack of build-up matches. “One can only gauge his performance if you are playing build-up matches. The men’s team doesn’t get that chance to do so and really, it’s sad because we have good players who if given opportunity can perform well.”
Team manager Evans Wasike said the players are in good form and ready for the matches ahead. Wasike who doubles up as Kenya Volleyball Federation secretary general, however, said the hot and humid weather conditions could affect their performance.
“However, I hope having arrived two days prior to event will help the team acclimatize,” he said. He, however, clarified that North Africans will be no pushovers and the fact that they will be at their backyard works for them.