Kenya: Mixed Reactions As Continental Men’s Volleyball Event Moved

The postponement of the men’s African Volleyball Clubs Championship to mid-next month in Tunisia has been received with mixed feelings locally.

The event, which was earlier scheduled for March 31 to April 12 in Cairo, Egypt, will be staged from April 16-28.

General Service Unit (GSU), Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) and Kenya Prisons were scheduled to fly the country’s flag in the annual event.

The three booked their slots for the competition after finishing first, second and third in that order respectively during the 2019 Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) National League.

In a communication to KVF on Monday night, Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) said Egypt failed to confirm whether it would the host the men’s event and thus Tunisia awarded rights to host both the men and women’s championship.

KPA have forced to break their training camp after the development and according to team manager, Joel Koskei the news caught them unaware.

“We had stepped up our training at the KPA Makande Hall after the KPA management allowed us enter residential training, but we have to break camp today (Tuesday) and regroup again in two weeks’ time,” Koskei said.

“We were very ready for the event after getting all the necessary approvals for the travel from the management, but we have to shelve everything at least for now as we re-strategise”, Koskei added.

According to him, 17 players were in the training camp in readiness for the event, but only 14 were to make the trip.

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