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VOLLEYBALL: Kenya to use Nations Championship as preps for Grand Prix

The Kenya women’s volleyball team ‘Malkia Strikers’ will use the June 10 to June 20 women’s Africa Nations Championship as a built up to the world Grand Prix in Mexico.

The Grand Prix is expected to serve off barely a week after the completion of the continental women’s showpiece to be hosted in Nairobi and the ‘Africa Queens’ will have only three days rest after the completion of the 10 day Africa Nations tournament before they fly out on June 25. They will be in Mexico for the first leg of the world Grand Prix which runs until July 10th.

Kenya will be seeking to defend the continental Championship they won in 2013. After Mexico, their next destination  will be Algeria for the second round of the world most coveted women’s volleyball competition. Their grand prix tour will be rounded off with the group qualification matches in Australia. Kenya hope to better their performance from the last edition in 2014 where coach David Lung’aho guided Kenya to her maiden win outside the continent in two wins over Mexico and Algeria in their debut year.

But before Mexico’s trip,Lung’aho, the national team head coach will have to guide his squad to their seventh Africa nations title which will act as a built up to world games.

All the top five Africa teams lead by top seed Kenya, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Cameroon and Senegal have so far confirmed their participation in Nairobi. Last edition attracted 14 countries including Seychelles, Botswana, Uganda and Congo.

“We are aware the competition will be tough but we want to to improve our performance and the players are aware of that fact,” warned Lung’aho.

The packed calendar will see the national team immediate assembles after the Mexico trip to embark on their preparation for the September African Games the be staged in Congo Brazzaville.

After Congo, Lung’aho who is assisted by Kenya Pipeline Club head coach Japheth Munala will be on the road again, this time to seek a ticket for the Rio 2016 Olympics during the Africa Zone Five qualifiers to be held later in the year.

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