Homa Bay leg has been chopped from the 2017 Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) according to the season’s calendars released Thursday morning by the federation.
That means, the KVF meetings have been reduced to seven down from eight in the past two seasons. But talks are still ongoing with potential sponsors to take up this leg in future.
If all went well, Volleyball fans from Kericho County will once again have the chance to watch top volleyball action in the county with the federation still willing to draft the leg in its already busy calendar. Kericho last hosted a successful national volleyball league in 2014 at the Kericho Teachers’ College.
“There are a few logistics we are still working on and should everything go as planned, then I will draft it (Kericho leg) in the calendar, ” Ismael Chege, KVF fixtures secretary said after releasing this year’s calendar that also has the Africa Nations Champions and World Champions for senior national women’s team and World under 23 championship for Junior Malkia Strikers.
Homa Bay with its hot weather followed by scourching Sun has been a tough outing for most teams though it is one of the legs which usually gives a clear view of who is most like to move to the playoff.
Last season, Nairobi Water stunned Kenya Defence Forces (Ulinzi) at Homa Bay Boys’ ground to book an early and maiden playoff.
With the drop of one leg, that league will now serve off in March as opposed to last season which started in February.
The opening leg is set for between March 3-5 in Malaba. “With only seven legs, the league will now start in March because we can’t have two legs in a month,” added Chege.
The second and third legs will take place in April after men’s Africa Club champions and May wich will come immediately after the women club continental games set to be held in Tunisia. The local legs wildlife be held in Nanyuki and Eldoret respectively.
Kenya will be represented by national league champions Kenya Prisons and General Service Unit in the men’s club games with Kenya Pipeline and Prisons vying for women’s honours.
The national women’s team will equally have a busy calendar with FIVB World Grand Prix, World Championship Qualifiers and Africa Nations Championship all set to take place this year.
National playoff will once again will return to the coastal city of Mombasa which successful hosted the last three editions.