Kenya national men’s volleyball team face Rwanda tomorrow in the positions 5-9 playoffs at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt. Kenya finished third in the Pool ‘A’ while Rwanda were fourth in the second group.
The two East African countries will revive their rivalry with Kenya seeking to settle scores with the Paul Bitok-coached team who beat them in the finals of CAVB Zone Five All Africa Games qualifiers in Kigali in May. After losing to both Egypt and Algeria, Kenya won their first match against Botswana in straight sets of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-23 to book a date the Rwandese in the playoffs.
The team manager Evans Wasike, who is also the Kenya Volleyball Federation secretary general, is impressed with the how the team has played in the championships so far.
He said: “The team played well against Algeria despite losing. They also dominated against Botswana who are no pushovers. The team only needs to address a few areas, especially on technique, tactics and mental strength and they will be good,” he said. Wasike praised the Kenyan side that has been out of continental and international action for almost a decade, saying the chaps are finally finding their footing.
“Kenya is on the threshold of breaking in men’s volleyball in Africa. They, however, require to participate in more international competitions in different age categories. They have high potential,”
Meanwhile, group three winners of FIVB World League and championships’ host Egypt overwhelmed their neigbours Algeria in a five set thriller. Algeria ran away with the first set 24-26, but Egypt bounced back, winning the second and third (25-20, 25-22) before the former won the fourth 22-25. Egypt dominated the rally set and won 15-10 to stay atop of pool A. In other matches played, Tunisia clubbed Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-12), while Morocco registered 100 percent win after clipping Mauritius in straight sets of 28-26, 25-11, 25-17. The finalists in this championships will qualify for the 2015 FIVB Men’s World Cup in scheduled for September 8-23 in Japan.