NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Prisons teams have beefed up their squads ahead of the 2018 Africa Clubs Volleyball Championships to be held in Cairo, Egypt, in March.
The men’s contest is scheduled for March 27 to April 5 while the women’s showpiece will be from March 6 to 15.
Prison’s head coach, David Lungaho, has strengthened each side with three new players. Ronald Bitok, Elphas Makuto and Michael Chemos will reinforce the men’s team that is looking for a respectable finish in the event.
“Bitok is from Co-op Bank while we have signed Makuto from Malava Boys High School.
“Chemos is our former player who has joined us from his base in Qatar,” Lungaho told SportPesa News.
A sibling to the Makuto sisters, Elphas will be making his debut both in the Kenya Volleyball Federation National League and at the Africa Clubs Championships this year.
The coach said he is working on several techniques that will help him improve performance of men’s squad in Cairo.
“Our best ever position in the continental event was a second place finish in Cairo in 2011. Since then, we have never done any better. Men’s championship is a very stiff challenge but we are catching up of late.
“I want us to be in a position where we can win the title in the next three years,” Lungaho said.
Sharon Chepchumba and Loreen Chebet join Kenya Prisons women’s club from Kwathanze Secondary while Naomi Chelimo is a new signing from Lugulu Girls.
Lungaho says he has hopes of reclaiming the women’s title he last won in 2013 in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
Prisons women will battle other continental beaters including defending champions Carthage of Tunisia, their compatriots Marsa, 2017 silver medalists Shams Club (Egypt) and Alexandria Sporting (Egypt) in their quest to reclaim the trophy.
Other forces to reckoned with will be DGSP (CGO), Asec Mimosas (Ivory Coast), Vision VB, Nkumba University (Uganda), BDF (Botswana), AS Douanes (Burundi), Muzinga (Burundi), Canon de Ndjii, VB Club (COD), Injis, FAP, Bafia and Nyong et Kelle (Cameroun).
Despite bringing the new recruitments on board, Lungaho has opted to retain all the players who signed for the sides last season.
The teams resumed their training last month at the Kenya Prisons Staff College in Ruiru and are due to move to Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi for residential camp this week.
“I’m targeting a fifth place finish with the men’s team in Cairo while the women should return with gold,” Lungaho stressed.
Kenya Prisons Women Africa Championship Achievements
2008- Gold (Egypt)
2010- Gold (Mauritius)
2011- Gold (Nairobi)
2012- Gold (Nairobi)
2013- Gold (Madagascar)