Ugandan, Rwanda and Tanzanian volleyball clubs are expected to give a stiff competition in this year’s Africa Merchant Assurance Company (Amaco) international volleyball tournament this weekend.
As Kenya Pipeline company and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) will be seeking to defend their titles in women and men respectively in a ten year old only volleyball international tournament in Kenya.
Ugandan sides Kampala Amateur Volleyball club (Kavc) and Nemo Stars will be arriving in Eldoret on Friday ahead of the two day event at Eldoret Polytechnic ground.
Kavc will present both men and women teams in their way to claim their maiden win at the showpiece after a bad showing in the past years.
But assistant team manager Edward Kalyafula expressed confidence that his side, men and women will do well against their hosts.
Kalyafula said his side has been preparing well after their poor performance in the past and this year they want to lift the title.
The ten year old tournament has been won by Kenyans despite being an international tournament attracting East African volleyball teams.
“This time, we have a better and strong team compared to the past years. We have had intensive training ahead of the tournament and this will be our year of harvest,” said Kalyafula on phone from Uganda as they prepare to travel to Kenya by Friday.
He added that through Paul Bitok, they have received good news that their accommodation will be better thus having no other reason but to perform well.
Women defending champions Kenya Pipeline will be struggling this time following most of club players are out on national assignment.
The Kenya Volleyball federation league (KVF) defending champions have thir top players in the national team.
The Saturday and Sunday matches will be preceded by KVF league on Friday in an eight-leg tournament that is open to foreign teams.
The Amaco tournament which was launched on Monday in Nairobi was attended by KVF chairman Waithaka Kioni who said the federation always uses the tournament to select players to be included in the national team.
“As a chairman, I have the spirit of inclusivity after we incorporated a diverse range of teams from senior volleyball clubs, universities and colleges, secondary and primary schools to self-supporting clubs,” said Kioni.
The tourney will have the junior category for schools where the winners will be awarded balls and nets in boys’ and girls’ category. The top school will also get a shopping voucher of Sh25, 000 from Nairobi Sports House. Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Police, KDF, KENYA Prisons and KCB will represent Kenya, among others.