Kenya Prisons women volleyball team are planning a two-week training camp in a European country ahead of the 2012 FIVB Club World Championships between October 13 and 19 in Doha, Qatar.
"We have our programme in place and we hope to train in Europe for two weeks depending on the availability of funds," said Prisons' head coach David Lung'aho. "That plan is still waiting for approval from our department and if it goes through, then it will be very good for us." "If it happens, this means we will have a chance to play several friendly matches in Europe but if it doesn't, we are going to turn to our local clubs for a number of build-up matches,"
He observed that volleyball has improved drastically and the game being played is fast as compared to several years back. He said his target is to ensure his girls keep up with the pace and the changing technology within the spheres. "Volleyball has changed and all the teams are playing a very fast game. That is exactly what we are working on. From May, we have been playing a very fast game and we want to increase our speed again as well as our players training in the gym so as to increase our power," said Lung'aho. "We are trying to keep up with the changing times."
The team started their training at the Nyayo Stadium last week and Lung'aho is focused on imparting an improved game into his African champions. Lung'aho said he is optimistic his side can do better than they did last time at the same stage. He said their domestic run of 43 unbeaten games is a testimony of how serious they were taking the assignment ahead.
He, however, admitted the fact that domestic form does not necessarily translate into good performance at the world stage but insisted: "this is our time to do well." "We were placed sixth in 2010, fifth last year and hope to keep on improving this year. We are actually targeting a third place finish," he said. Prisons will represent the continent at the club worlds after winning the African Club Championships held in Nairobi earlier in the year where they reigned supreme over national champions Kenya Pipeline.