Prisons team jets off for Qatar after 6 hours airport delay

Prisons team jets off for Qatar after 6 hours airport delay

Prisons team jets off for Qatar after 6 hours airport delay

The Kenya Prisons volleyball team was on Monday afternoon held up at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for over 6 hours before departing for Doha Qatar after their scheduled plane developed minor mechanical problems shortly after landing and was forced to be repaired before take off. The team which checked in at the JKIA’s international departures lounge shortly before midday on Monday had been scheduled to depart JKIA at 2pm but instead jetted off shortly after 7PM later the same day for the 5 hour flight aboard Qatar Airways.

The 17 member team will represent Kenya and Africa at the inaugural women’s FIVB world club volleyball championships in Doha Qatar starting Wednesday 15th December 2010. The Kenyan team is in Pool B with Belgarmo of Italy and Mirador of Dominican republic with their first match expected to be played on Wednesday 10.00AM against the Dominicans-The Mirador club.

The world club championship is the first to be held on the FIVB women’s volleyball calendar and will be held in Qatar for the coming three years. Six clubs from six continents will take part in the 7 days event but without host nation Qatar who do not have a women’s volleyball team. The Al Ahly team from Egypt is the other African team participating in the same tournament but in the men’s category.

Head Coach David Lung’aho has set his vision on the semi finals with a target of winning the first match against Mirador.

“We know the other nations boast of height and experience but we are equally well prepared to take them on because the girls are in good shape and confident of leaving a mark. We do not know much about our first opponents Mirador but our vision is to win the match and hit the semi finals, the rest will be known from there.” He said minutes before checking in at the airport.

Kenyan volleyball teams especially at the national level have not had a great run at the world championships despite reigning superiority in Africa and are yet to win a single set at the world stage. However, this year the volleyball sport has achieved tremendous improvement with impressive performances across Africa with a hope of the same being replicated in Doha especially after a disappointing outing by the national women’s volleyball team at the FIVB world championships in Japan.

The team boasts of national team players led by captain Braxcides Khadambi,Esther Muombe,Diana Khisa,Mercy Moim,Lydia Maiyo,Judy Tarus and setter Jane Wacu all who were members of the national team that jetted back a few weeks ago from Japan where they played against the world’s best of  Brazil,Italy,Holland and Puerto Rico.

Well wishes and good luck is our prayer for the team as they seek to bring home the first victory at the world level.

THE PLAYERS:

Jane Wacu,Florence Bosire,Braxcides Khadambi (Captain),Diana Khisa,Judy Tarus,Mercy Moim,Lydia Maiyo,Esther Muombe,Loice Tarus,Joan Chelagat,Everlyne Makuto,Elizabeth Nafula.

TEAM OFFICIALS
Coach-David Lung’aho
Assistant coach-Josp Baraza
Team Manager-David Kilundo
Team Doctor-Mary Kalenywa
Physiotherapist-Alex Mwendia

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