Prisons rescued, CAVB roll out fixtures in Cairo


Prisons rescued, CAVB roll out fixtures in Cairo
Kenya Prisons players carry their coach Josp Barasa in celebration after victory against Kenya Pipeline during their women's Kenya Volleyball Federation National League play-offs match at Kasarani Indoor Gymnasium on December 03, 2018. Kenya Prisons won 3-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • The Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) women’s league champions Kenya Prisons will after all participate in this year’s African Club Championship that will serve off on Saturday in Egypt
  • The Ministry of Internal Security came in handy at the eleventh hour for the cash-strapped side who were placed in Pool D following the draws held on Friday in the capital Cairo

The Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) women’s league champions Kenya Prisons will after all participate in this year’s African Club Championship that will serve off on Saturday in Egypt.

The Ministry of Internal Security came in handy at the eleventh hour for the cash-strapped side who were placed in Pool D following the draws held on Friday in the capital Cairo.

It had been widely reported that Prisons, who have won the continental event five times, would bail out as a result of KSh5 million budget deficit it needed to honour the annual competition.

They will fly out at 10PM Friday aboard Emirates Airways ahead of the 31st edition of the championship.

“We have been cleared but we are very dissappointed ,how can we fly out for                                           the competition which starts the same day we are arriving. I think the ministry should improve on this next time,” Team Manager David Kilundo said, adding; “A contingent of 10 players will leave today the other four will fly out on Saturday because there were some difficulties in getting tickets for the whole team at once due to the confusion.”

Prisons were paired against 2014 winners GSP Algiers of Algeria in Group D. They last met in the 2013 final where the former downed the latter by 3-2 sets to clinch the fifth and last Kenyan continental title.

The Joseph Barasa coached side will also face 2017 runners up El Shams of  Egypt,Nkumba of Uganda and Ivory Coast champions Asec.

Six-time winners Kenya Pipeline were pooled against fast-rising Revenue of Rwanda, FAP of Cameroon and Shooting of Egypt in Pool C.

Returnees Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will be facing a baptism of fire after they landed in Pool B which brings together 2017 winners Carthage of Tunisia, DGSP of Congo and compatriots Egyptians Sporting.

Defending champions and hosts Al Ahly will start their quest to retain their title against Customs of Nigeria, USFA of Burundi and Canon of Republic of Congo.

The one-week event which has attracted 21 teams will serve out on March 25.

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