Nairobi Water boss Owino says playoffs rumours untrue

Everylne Makuto (R) of Nairobi Water women volleyball team blocks a spike by Violet Makuto ...
Everylne Makuto (R) of Nairobi Water women volleyball team blocks a spike by Violet Makuto of Kenya Pipeline Company during their Kenya volleyball federation national play-offs at the Kenya Ports Authority Makande Gymnasium on November 25, 2016. Photo/Said Ali/

Nairobi Water Head Coach Patrick Owino has disregarded reports claiming they have until Wednesday to confirm their participation at the Kenya Volleyball Federation national playoffs in Mombasa or face the axe.

Nairobi Water skipped the league’s seventh and final leg that was held in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County on Friday and there have been reports that the KVF has lined fifth-placed Western Bombers as their play-offs replacement.

The team dished out walkovers to defending champions Kenya Pipeline and newcomers Bombers but team still secured a playoffs berth after finishing fourth with 11 points, five more than their closest assailant.

“We failed to honour the final round due to some internal issues and according to the management’s instruction.

“I haven’t received any official notice from the federation concerning being dropped from the playoffs so I’ll treat it as fake information circulating on social media,” Owino told Citizen Digital.

KVF Organizing Secretary Ishmael Chege said he is yet to serve the team an official letter but stated their position is ‘under siege’.

The three-day national play-offs will serve off on December 1 at the Makande Gymnasium in Mombasa.

GSU, KPA, Cooperative Bank and Kenya Prisons qualified from the men’s category whereas Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Prisons, Nairobi Water and Kenya Commercial Bank qualified from the women’s category.

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Story By John Mbati
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