Lungaho out to lead Prisons to jail African crown

Kenya Prisons women volleyball team. PHOTO/File
Kenya Prisons women volleyball team. PHOTO/File

Kenya Prisons women volleyball team’s Head Coach David Lung’aho is aiming at winning the CAVB African Women Volleyball Club Championship which begins on Friday in Tunisia.

Prisons last won the African title in 2013 after beating GSP Alger of Algeria 3-2 in Antananarivo, Madagascar and Lung’aho adds that he expects stiff competition from the North Africans and record champions Kenya Pipeline.

“The West Africans are equally very competitive so generally we expect a tough tournament. For us we’re coming here with one mission and that is taking back the trophy to where it belongs. I believe in the players that we have and all that remains is for them to prove their worth on the court,” he told Citizen Digital in an exclusive interview.

Despite Pipeline’s dominance in the tournament, they have struggled against their local archrivals with Lung’aho’s side winning in all the three championships they have met; during the 2010, 2011 and 2012 editions.

Lung’aho added that he expects the debutants in his squad – Ann Lowem, Immaculate Chemutai, Lilian Lelei, Yvonne Wavinya and Shyrine Jepkemboi – who are largely youthful to impact the team positively.

“Hopefully they’ll bring more energy to the team.”

Prisons’ captain Mercy Moim was given the green light to play for the club by the International Volleyball Federation after her contract with Finnish top tier side Orpo ended last month and will be a big boost for Lung’aho’s side after missing out on last year’s qualification.

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