Lunga’ho: Clubs may struggle for fresh talents in absence of school games


Kwanthanze Girls against St. Johns Kaloleni during their National School Games Pool B match in ...
Kwanthanze Girls against St. Johns Kaloleni during their National School Games Pool B match in Kisumu. Kwanthanze won 3-0. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Veteran volleyball coach David Lung’aho has warned that teams may find it difficult in bolstering their squads owing to the closure of feeder taps.
  • Volleyball clubs in the country have, for the longest time, relied on schools for potent talents but with schools still closed that means the coaches have to look elsewhere for new guns.
  • Reigning East Africa secondary schools champions Kwanthanze Girls and former winners Lugulu Girls have been a sure feeder to not just professional women volleyball clubs but also the national team, Malkia Strikers.

Veteran volleyball coach David Lung’aho has warned that teams may find it difficult in bolstering their squads owing to the closure of feeder taps.

Volleyball clubs in the country have, for the longest time, relied on schools for potent talents but with schools still closed that means the coaches have to look elsewhere for new guns.

The Kenya Prisons men’s head coach says should the federation open the transfer window ahead of the league restart early next year, teams will be forced to hunt for new talents at the universities.

“It will be very difficult to get new players if the federation will give us green light to sign new faces because volleyball clubs in Kenya highly depend on school games for the new players.

“We will be forced to focus now on universities as schools might take longer to hold games again once learning resumes,” said Lungáho who is also the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) technical director.

Reigning East Africa secondary schools champions Kwanthanze Girls and former winners Lugulu Girls have been a sure feeder to not just professional women volleyball clubs but also the national team, Malkia Strikers.

On the other hand, national boys’ volleyball champions Mogonga High School, Lelmokwo, Sengera among others have supplied men clubs alongside national team Wafalme with potent talents.

Last week, the government allowed resumption of low-risk contact sports and Kenya Volleyball Federation is expected to announce new plans for its top-flight league.

 

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