Pipeline, Prisons out of AMACO tourney

Pipeline, Prisons out of AMACO tourney

Pipeline, Prisons out of AMACO tourney

The AMACO  International Volleyball tournament defending champions Kenya Pipeline will not defend this year's title when Kenya's most premium tournament serves off Saturday at the traditional Eldoret Polytechnic grounds.

Pipeline and Kenya Prisons (women) pulled out of the tournament that has attracted over 50 clubs from East Africa including teams from Rwanda and Uganda because majority of their regular players are involved with the National team preparation.  Malkia Strikers are preparing for the Continental Olympic qualifiers in Puerto Rico and the FIVB world Grand Prix group  three opening leg in Argentina in June.

"It is unfortunate that these two top teams will not be with us but it is also good for the small teams which will have the chance to prove their worth.  Small teams need to replace the big ones, " said AMACO CEO Jonah Tomno.

Kampala Armature Volleyball Club and Nemo Stars will represent Uganda while Rwanda will send Kirehe.

Men's defending champions Kenya Defence Forces (Ulinzi) return to action after missing the Kilian leg last month but they should  expect stiff opposition in their title defence from national league defending champion Kenya Prisons and General service Unit.

On Monday the tournament received financial  boost in from Africa Merchant Insurance Company (AMACO) which donated Ksh. 5 million while Co sponsors Kass International gave Ksh. 1 million with Paul Bitok Foundation giving Ksh. 100,000 to carter for the foreign teams accommodation.

Winner of the event  will receive Ksh. 100,000 with first and second runners up taking home Ksh 70,000 and Ksh50,000 respectively.

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