NAIROBI, Kenya-Winning the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) league title for the fourth time in a row is the driving force behind Kenya Pipeline ahead of the national play-offs set for December 1-3 at Makande Hall in Mombasa.
The champions, who arrived in the coastal City of Mombasa on Sunday, will face stiff competition from arch nemesis Kenya Prisons in this year’s edition.
Head coach, Japheth Munala, is confident that his charges can replicate their good form in the league at the playoffs where they will be the team to beat.
Their early arrival in Mombasa was to help them acclimatise to the humid conditions ahead of the games that serve off on Friday.
“We topped the league which was a good thing but that will not count unless we successfully defend our title,” offered Munala who doubles up as the Malkia Strikers coach.
“The girls are in good spirits having had proper training sessions before travelling to Mombasa. We know there will be tricky matches which we have to navigate if we are to be declared champions,” he added.
On Friday, Pipeline will open their title defence against Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) before taking on bitter rivals Prisons on Saturday.
They wind up their campaign with a match against debutantes Western Bombers on Sunday.
“We don’t really know what to expect from Bombers and how they will turn up over the weekend. Besides that we want to play to win,” asserted the former Kenyan international.
Since dethroning Prisons three seasons ago, the Oilers have shown dominance at the national level.
National team players Trizah Atuka, Janet Wanja, and Violet Makuto are expected to lead from the front in what is expected to be a memorable ending to the 2017 season.