Kenya Prisons prepares for Club World Champs with local league final
Nairobi, Kenya, September 25, 2012 - The Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) Women's National League match between Kenya Prisons and Nairobi Water has been rescheduled. The game will now be played at Nyayo National Stadium on September 28.
It is one of the last opportunities for Kenya Prisons to prepare for the 2012 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship in Doha, Qatar.
This final match for Kenya Prisons was originally planned to take place October 5 in Eldoret, but the date was considered too close to the FIVB Women's Club World Championship, where Prisons are representing Africa.
Prisons leave for Doha, Qatar, on October 9 for the Club World Championships, which run from October 13 to 19.
KVF national sports organising secretary Walter Otieno said: "The federation has decided to fix the match for this Friday (September 28) so as to accord Prisons ample time to prepare for the Club World Championships."
Otieno emphasised that the other league fixtures would all go on as planned in Eldoret.
KVF first vice chairman Charles Nyaberi announced September 23 that they exempted Prisons from the league assignment to allow them concentrate on the Doha event.
This was after Prisons coach David Lung'aho raised fears that traveling to Eldoret may fatigue the players ahead of the crucial global competition.
For Kenya Prisons, the match with Nairobi Water is their last league assignment this season. The wardresses are unbeaten in 13 games, meaning they have already qualified for the playoffs.
Skipping their match against Nairobi Water could have done the wardresses no harm, but it would have handed the fourth-placed Nairobi Water a walk-over and a possible automatic pass to playoffs.
Prisons are currently training at Nyayo National Stadium in readiness for the Club World Championships, where they are returning for the third time.
Lung'aho has invited fans to come in large numbers and watch the match with Nairobi Water.
"This is a very important match for us because it's our last competitive event before we leave for Doha," he said. Lung'aho welcomed the KVF decision to bring the clash to Nairobi.