The Star (Nairobi)

Africa: Kenya's Volleyball Federation Bids for African Show

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has expressed their interest in hosting the CAVB women's African Cup of Nations planned for between August and September.

The decision was arrived at during the first 2013 National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at Nyayo Stadium over the weekend. This was despite Kenya pulling out of hosting the 2013 CAVB youth and junior championships citing high charges at the Moi, Kasarani.

The federation also agreed to request for an additional slot in the 2013 CAVB African Clubs Championships for both genders. Kenya's official representatives are Prisons and Pipeline for women and Prisons and General Service Unit for men.

If the request sails through, Kenya Commercial Bank (women) and Ulinzi (men) who finished third overall in the 2012 national leagues respectively will be enlisted in the top continental club tournament.

Libya will host the men's edition while the women's teams travel to Madagascar on April 1-12, 2013.The meeting also agreed that Kenya send teams to invitational beach volleyball tournaments slated for Burundi on February 23-24, 2013.

The men's team comprise of Patrick Owino (Forest Rangers)/Sila Makiso (Ulinzi) and Benard Musumba (GSU)/Nicholas Lagat (Rangers). Women's pairs are Edna Rotich (Ulinzi)/Eunice Maiyo (KCB) and Naomi Too (Nairobi Water)/Agripina Kundu (Pipeline). The players were selected on merit following their consistency in beach volleyball.

Kenya will also enter teams in the Continental Beach Cup junior Championships to be held in Rwanda on February 16-17. Malava and Kwanthanze High would provide teams.

And for the first time, KVF is looking to enter boys and girls teams in CAVB African Nations Championships to be held in Tunisia (men) on February 28 to March 9 2013 and Nigeria (women) on March 11-20, 2013.

The NEC meeting also effected changes to KVF referees commission where they replaced Salamba Miendo with Mangla Okanda. Miendo will now sit in the commission as a member. The changes are meant to revamp the commission.

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