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Lack of money ends U18’s continental show

Financial constraints have forced Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) to withdraw the Under-18 girls’ team to this month’s African Youth Championship in Algeria.

But all is not lost as they will field beach volleyball teams for both boys and girls at the championships.

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Kenyan team U-18 team had benefited from withdrawal of the Madagascar after finishing second behind eventual winners Egypt during Zonal 5 African Volleyball Confederation qualifier in Kampala, Uganda in May.

However, due to budgetary constraints, Kenya Volleyball Federation have opted to field the beach volleyball teams in the July 17-27 event in Algiers, Algeria.

KVF secretary general Ben Juma, said the government is entitled to sponsor the outright winners in the qualifiers and not those who qualified by default. He said they opted for beat volleyball outfits at the expense of the Indoor event because their budget is friendly.

The best two teams will secure qualification to the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina in October.

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