Malkia Strikers seek more funds after KSh42m deal


Malkia Strikers celebrate after beating Algeria 3-1 in their second game of the World Olympic ...
Malkia Strikers celebrate after beating Algeria 3-1 in their second game of the World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in San Juan, Puerto Rico. PHOTO/Dennis Machio

In Summary

  • Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) is appealing for more funds from the government ahead of the International Volleyball Federation World Cup in Japan
  • KVF recently signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth KSh42 million with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya but the governing body's Technical Director David Lung'aho says the funds are insufficient

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) is appealing for more funds from the government ahead of the International Volleyball Federation World Cup in Japan.

KVF recently signed a three-year sponsorship deal worth KSh42 million with the National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOCK) but the governing body’s Technical Director David Lung’aho says the funds are insufficient.

Lunga’ho who also serves as the Kenya Prisons head coach told Citizen Digital that the team cannot travel abroad for friendlies due to financial constraints.

“It is a crucial year for us and that ink from National Oil is a drop in the ocean, we need more especially from the government.

“Before jetting out for Japan we ought to organize friendly matches against experienced teams like Japan and Brazil but that cannot happen due to lack of finances,” Lunga’ho said.

The national volleyball team Malkia Strikers have been without a sponsor for one year since their initial deal with NOCK elapsed in September 2016.

Malkia Strikers qualified for this year’s Championship after beating Egypt by straight sets in a nerve wrecking African Championship semi-final match at the Palais de Sports Arena in Yaounde, Cameroon last year with the latter booking the other African place.

Kenya is in pool D alongside Serbia, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Kazakhstan while their fellow African representatives, Cameroun, are in pool A alongside hosts Japan, Netherlands, Germany and Mexico.

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