Youth African Volleyball Games Draw, Kenya Women given a wild Card
Kenya has been given a wildcard to participate in the youth competitions which will be hosted by Algeria in Algiers. This second chance for Kenya puts them in contention for the top three who will represent Africa in Buenos Aires
The draw for the 2018 All Africa Games is out!
The Sports Organizing Committee for 2018 All Africa Games met in Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday, June 13. Durig this meeting a draw was conducted where a drawing of lots for the Youth African Games competitions was completed. The members of the sports committee together with the President of the Committee, Dr Amr Elwani were present during the draw.
The Kenyan girls were pooled in Group A of the finals of the Youth African Games competitions that will be hosted in Algeria from July 17 to July 27, 2018.
In the same meeting, the sports committee discussed the Youth African Games qualifications in the 7 continental zones who booked their tickets to the finals of the Youth African Games in Algeria. The sports committee proposed to maintain the under 23 African Nations Championships for both male and female. This is in a bid to ensure that the young generations are exposed for longer on their way to seniority. However, this will cease to be a qualifier for the World Championships in 2019 since the decision by the FIVB to organise the World Championships every four years for this particular age category.
Part of this decision during the meeting was CAVB granting Kenya the mandate to organise the Women's Under 20 African Nation Championships in Nairobi, Kenya from August 24 to September 3, 2018, and the Under 21 African Nations to Nigeria.
The Kenyan Women Volleyball team did not qualify in the Zone 5 qualifications but was awarded a wildcard by the Confederation of Africa Volleyball (CAVB) president Amr Elwani. This was by virtue of the girl's team being silver medallists from Botswana in 2016.
Kenya was beaten by Egypt in the qualification tournament for the Zone Five tournament and was meant to miss the Africa Youth Games.
But they have now been drawn in Pool A where they will face hosts Algeria, Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Pool B has Cameroon, Tunisia, Egypt and Botswana.
The top three Africa Youth Games finalists in Algiers will represent the continent in the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina.