Once again, Kenya gets to host the Africa Cup of Nations-Women's volleyball championships. This comes against a backdrop of changing realignments during the All Africa Games which saw the women's team settle for bronze. The team remains largely the same except for the recall of photogenic Janet Wanja and libero Judith Serenge.The games will played from 5th-12th September 2007.
The games will be also be used as qualifiers for the FIVB World Cup championships later this year in November in Japan. The main challengers are Egypt, Algeria, Nigeria and Cameroon. Other teams expected are Seychelles,Rwanda ,South Africa ,Senegal, Tunisia, Cameroon, Botswana with Uganda coming too.
The tournament will be played at a rate of 2-3 matches per day over five days.
Uganda was originally set to host the tourney but their ability was limited and the nearest best placed country to host the games fell automatically to Kenya. This will offer Kenya the chance to regain the Cup and show that they are still in contention for a place in the World Cup.
The tourney has also attracted sponsors in the name of EABL- East Africa Breweries Limited through their brand Malta Guinness attracting a kitty of KShs. 3.5 million.
Godspeed ladies ! You've got what it takes & am sure the gents will be there to 'cheer' you along !
Kenyan squad in residential camp- Rhoda Lyali (Kenya Pipeline), Diana Khisa (Kenya Prisons), Doris Palang’a (Kenya Commercial Bank), Asha Makuto (Kenya Pipeline), Catherine Wanjiru (Kenya Pipeline), Janet Wanja (Kenya Pipeline), Mildred Odwako (Kenya Commercial Bank), Dorcas Ndasaba (Kenya Commercial Bank), Nancy Nyongesa (Dickinson State University), Jackline Barasa (Kenya Commercial Bank), Lydia Maiyo (Kenya Pipeline), Leonidas Kamende (Kenya Pipeline), Mercy Moim (Kenya Prisons), Brackcides Agala (Kenya Prisons), Judith Tarus (Kenya Prisons), Ednah Rotich (Kenya Commercial Bank), Judith Serenge (Kenya Pipeline), Jane Wacu (Kenya Prisons).
Nigeria and Seychelles will not play the games after all since they couldn't beat the deadline for registration on Tuesday 4th . Kenya is also placed in a tricky group along with Algeria -All Africa Games 2007 gold medallists and Cameroon- one of the best upcoming volleyball teams in Africa