FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships 2012

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Prisons’ Lung’aho confident about chances against Lancheras

Kenya Prisons' coach David Lung'aho is confident on his team power in Saturday's opening match against Lancheras de Cataño of Puerto Rico

Doha, Qatar, October 12, 2012 – Coach David Lung’aho hopes the third time is lucky for his women’s Kenya Prisons team, which has suffered early exits after the preliminary phase in their two previous appearances at the FIVB Club World Championship.

“We are going with a lot of passion into our first match against the team of Puerto Rico (Lancheras de Cataño),” Lung’aho said. “We don’t know anything about them, but that’s a match we really want to win.”

The African representative will play against the NORCECA team in the first match of the championship scheduled at 10:00 am (local time). Kenya Prisons finished winless in the two previous editions of the event in Doha (2010 and 2011), but seem determined to change that.

“We really want to avoid the early elimination of the past two years,” he added. “That’s something we want to change for sure.”

Six players from Kenya Prisons team are also member of the women’s national team that has been playing internationally in recent time, so they have been adding up some valuable experience.

“I think we have a chance to win the first match because the other one (against Fenerbahce) in our group is very difficult,” Lung'aho said. “If we win tomorrow, we are secured of a spot in the next phase.”

Playing in the FIVB Club World Championship is also a source of pride to Lung’aho, who was the assistant coach to Paul Bitok with the Kenya team in the last FIVB World Cup in 2011 in Japan.

“I am very happy to be back in Doha, as this is my third year in a row,” he said. “It has been very good for us to meet with the top clubs in the world and we want to continue improving.

“Normally, the African teams have struggled at the world events but we want to change that,” he said. “We have a lot of respect for all the big teams and we have learned a lot from them which is the reason we are now dominating in Africa.”

Pondering the future of Kenyan women’s volleyball, Lung’aho has big ambitions - much bigger than qualifying to the second round here in Doha.

“Now we are dominating Africa,” he said, “but in the future we also want to dominate the world.”

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