CAIRO, Egypt- The Kenya Men’s National Volleyball Team, the Mfalme Strikers, will begin the 2017 CAVB Africa Nations Championships against Ghana on Sunday evening in Cairo.
Kenya, was on Saturday drawn against Tunisia, Ghana and Libya in pool B in the week-long tournament that runs from October 22-29.
Head coach Moses Epoloto, who is yet to replicate his success locally with General Service Unit (GSU) at the international stage, is keen on reaching the quarter finals, with his sights set on a winning start against Ghana.
“The first two teams from each pool will reach the quarter finals. Therefore, our strategy is to start well against Ghana to boost our chances of getting out of the pool,” Epoloto, who has the youngest squad in the Championships, told SportPesa News.
On paper, Kenya looks set to finish second given that Ghana and Libya could pose as beatable opponents but Epoloto is confident that they can challenge Tunisia who have emerged as favorites to top the group.
Top three teams
“We have played Tunisia and Ghana before meaning we have no problem of facing them again.
“Tunisia is the team to beat from our group having been crowned regional champions over seven times, but there is a certain positivity in this team that is really encouraging. Taking a game at a time remains our priority,” the Strikers coach added.
Pool A has hosts Egypt, Nigeria and DR Congo.
Cameroon, Morocco and Nigeria will battle it out in group C, while Algeria, Botswana, Rwanda and Chad face off in pool D.
According to the draws, the winner of Pool A plays runner up of Pool D. Pool D leaders face runner up of Pool A. Leaders of Pool B clash with runner up of Pool C and Pool C winners will meet runner up of Pool B.
The competition also serves as qualifier for 2018 Italy/Bulgaria World Championships with the top three teams in Africa assured of spots since Africa has been awarded three slots.
Pool A: Egypt, Niger, Congo RD
Pool B: Tunisia, Ghana, Kenya, Libya
Pool C: Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria
Pool D: Algeria, Botswana, Rwanda, Chad