Playing indoor volleyball in Kenya remains a dream

Playing indoor volleyball in Kenya remains a dream

The team tasked to secure gymnasia for the league led by Kenya Volleyball Federation's (KVF) first vice chairman Charles Nyaberi and assistant treasurer Moses Mbuthia were unable to successfully negotiate to have Africa Nazarene University (ANU) and the monumental Bomas of Kenya as venues for the league. 

Plans to move the Kenyan volleyball top league to indoors have hit the wall after the federation failed to secure two additional gymnasia to host matches.

The team tasked to secure gymnasia for the league led by Kenya Volleyball Federation's (KVF) first vice chairman Charles Nyaberi and assistant treasurer Moses Mbuthia were unable to successfully negotiate to have Africa Nazarene University (ANU) and the monumental Bomas of Kenya as venues for the league. 

Whereas The Bomas of Kenya wasn't available, sources inside Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) intimate that the varsity management were hesitant to admit non students and staff to the facility due to the pandemic. 

For ANU, could they be having memories of KVF like those of Brookhouse International School who did co-host Africa Cup of Nations in 2011 with the same varsity? 

Initially, the league was scheduled to roll in October 2020 but even after coronavirus pandemic bought the federation time to put their house in order, KVF have proved to be eleventh hour planners.

With the league set to serve off on January 23, the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) may be forced to make do with only Makande Hall in Mombasa. Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani's Indoor Arena has already been fully booked by the National Olympic Committee for national teams preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Games rescheduled for June 2021. But also, Makande Hall will only be available when Kenya Ports Authority Volleyball Club host their home matches.

KVF had resolved to ratify its calendar of events to run in tandem with that of the Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB) to have the domestic league run between September and May beginning from the 2020/ 2021 season to pave way for continental and world competitions in the remaining months. Also, the league was to shift from outdoor competitions to indoors. 

The 2020 league which was run between February and June before the 2020/ 2021 kicking off in September, a plan that was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Meanwhile, the women's league continues to fail to attract at least 10 teams even ormer champions Kenya Pipeline are slated to lock horns with league returnees Nairobi Water and newbies Nairobi Prisons on January 23. On the following day, Nairobi Prisons face oilers second string side Pipeline Nairobi as Nairobi Water play Kenya Defence Forces (KDF). 

In the men's competition fixtures which is divided into three groups will on Week One be as follows:

Group One

Prisons Mombasa to host AP, Kenya Forest Service, KDF and KPA

Group Two

Rift Valley Prisons host Nairobi Prisons, Western Prisons and Vihiga County

Group Three

Kenya Prisons to host Equity Bank, Kenya Army and GSU. 

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