Malkia Strikers bemoan ‘imbalanced’ govt support


Kenya's Malkia Strikers celebrate their historic 3-0 wn over Kazakhstan at the FIVB World Championships ...
Kenya's Malkia Strikers celebrate their historic 3-0 wn over Kazakhstan at the FIVB World Championships in Japan. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • National women’s volleyball team –Malkia Strikers technical director David Lung’aho is questioning government’s support on volleyball following the delay of the team’s allowances after their participation in the just concluded FIVB World Championship in Japan
  • Lung’aho has expressed his dissatisfaction on the ‘imbalance’ towards supporting national teams in Kenya, after the government promised the national football team, Harambee Stars, Sh50m if they qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations

National women’s volleyball team –Malkia Strikers technical director David Lung’aho is questioning government’s support on volleyball following the delay of the team’s allowances after their participation in the just concluded FIVB World Championship in Japan.

Lung’aho has expressed his dissatisfaction on the ‘imbalance’ towards supporting national teams in Kenya, after the government promised the national football team, Harambee Stars, Sh50m if they qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

The latter who doubles up as the tactician to the  Kenya Volleyball Federation league side Kenya Prisons ,is arguing that Malkia Strikers was flying Africa’s flag in Japan and are yet to receive their allowances and any other tokens despite registering their maiden win in the global fiesta.

“We were disappointed to hear government promising our national football team Sh50M if they qualify for AFCON yet we were representing Kenya in the world and nobody has ever come to us to recognize us for winning a match in the extravaganza.

On top of that government has not cleared our allowances since we returned from Japan and yet they are pledging 50 million for Harambee Stars. I request them to be fair when supporting the national teams,’’ Lung’aho told Citizen Digital in an exclusive interview.

Lung’aho’s outcry was also echoed by the Malkia head coach Japheth Munala who said that if government will not balance its support to the national teams they risk denting growth of sports in Kenya.

“You know they say football is a game of masses and politics is a game of numbers and I just hope this is not the case. All the sports should be respected because we are under one ministry although  we are happy for Harambee Stars.

We have won nine African titles and played six times in the World Championship and we have never seen any token,” seemingly disgusted Munala told.

Indoor Facilities

Meanwhile, KVF league giants Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons have revealed they are planning to build their own indoor arenas to ease the facility inadequacy.

Pipeline’s head coach Munala confirmed to Citizen Digital that they have already submitted the budget to their sponsors and it is all systems go.

“We sent our proposal to our sponsors and they assured us that next year we will have our own gym because volleyball is an indoor sport,” he offered.

Prisons tactician Lung’aho noted that government’s reluctance to invest in the facility has prompted them to go their way.

“People think our volleyball is on down spiral in the continent but for sure the other African teams we are competing with have invested heavily hence their good results. We play 80% of our games outdoor and only 20% indoor because we cannot afford Kasarani for long,” he averred.

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