Nairobi, Kenya, March 22, 2005 - A record 12 foreign teams including three local sides have confirmed their participation in the 20th Women's African Cup of Clubs Champions which will be held at the Moi International Sports Centre in Nairobi, Kenya from March 31- April 10.
According to statistics, this is the largest number of teams ever to have participated in a Volleyball event, prompting the Cavb through Executive Director Charles Panou and Technical Co-ordinator Howyda Mondy to ask Kenya Volleyball Federation to contact Cavb should they have any concern regarding the large entry and facilities to be offered.
Title favourites and defending champions Kenya Pipeline currently coached by assistant national women's team coach David "Demosh" Lung'aho will lead Kenya's triple assault along with former champions Telkom, who are under the tutelage of former national women's team assistant coach Paul Gitau, and Kenya Commercial Bank.
Briefing the press after an inspection tour of the modern indoor gymnasium at Kasarani, Kenya Volleyball Federation secretary general Jacob Owiti said they were expecting an exciting championship in view of the fact that a record nine visiting teams will be participating.
Apart from Kenya Pipeline, Telkom and Kenya Commercial Bank, Owiti, who was accompanied by Kvf President Ibrahim Efumbi, Vice President Mme Grace Minja and National Treasurer Kenneth Tonui, said two other title favourites were both from Egypt - Alahly and Elshams.
Other teams participating in the championship are Tanzania Prisons (Tanzania), National University of Rwanda (Rwanda), Vc Dcmp/K (Congo Kinshasa), Asec Mimosa (Cote d'Ivoire), Injs and Aes Sonel (Cameroon), Gs chlef and Nc Bejaia (Algeria), Inter Club (Congo Brazzaville) and Kampala City Council Vb (Uganda).
"As of now we are fully set and waiting for the Day," Owiti said. "My only appeal to the foreign teams coming for the championships is that they should confirm to us their flight schedules since as hosts we would like to make prior arrangements how they will be met at the airport.
"We have also set a up a Press Centre for the championships which will be manned by the Kvf Press Officer and equipment like computers, telephones and fax machines will be installed in time for the championships."
Owiti said since Kenya was appointed as host of the championships, Kvf immediately set up various sub committees that have been holding meetings to ensure that the event will be successful.
While Owiti will be responsible for the championships, Efumbi has also been given the role of President of the Organizing Committee and with their many years of experience as sports administrators in Kenya, the championships are expected to be a great success.
The Kvf secretary general who will be responsible for the championships said while Kasarani will host all the matches, teams will train at Annex based at Kasarani Complex and at Nyayo National Stadium west of Nairobi.