June 13, 2024

Trailblazers hope to sustain winning form as GSU dominance continues

Trailblazers hope to sustain winning form as GSU dominance continues
Trailblazers in action in one of their matches at Nyayo in Nairobi

Holders General Service Unit (GSU) continue to dominate the league and are ahead after six matches

In a five-set thriller played last weekend 12 March at Nyayo Indoor Arena, Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) men's league bronze medalists Trailblazers finals broke their losing streak. 

Up against Sammy Kirongo's Equity Bank, Trailblazers came from two sets down with Emmanuel Melly instigating a thrilling comeback for a 3-2 ( 21-25, 27-29, 25-23,25-21, 15- 11)win. 

"We needed this victory. It is always good to win. The mathematics of whether we can still make it to the playoffs will be done later in the season. For now, we celebrate that the team has gotten back to winning ways and we now have the morale to keep fighting and picking points," coach Geoffrey Omondi said after Trailblazers comeback. 

This is the side's third win in seven matches, their second having come this weekend courtesy of a walkover against the no-show Vihiga. Before that, the Ruaraka-based side had lost all three matches in the second leg as well as their Saturday match against Prisons Kenya. 

Meanwhile, holders General Service Unit (GSU) continue to dominate the league and are ahead after six matches. 


Last weekend, the Gideon Tarus-led side picked a straight-sets victory over Kenya Forest Service (KFS) and two walkovers against Prisons Mombasa and Central who were also unavailable for the third leg. 

While GSU remain the only unbeaten side so far, other teams have shown massive improvement with Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) continuing  their winning streak to place second on 18 points from six wins. The military side has lost one match so far.

Also on 18 points are former champions Prisons Kenya who picked maximum points this weekend after defeating Equity Bank, Trailblazers and Prisons Rift Valley this weekend. Their only loss came in the second leg against holders GSU. 

"The matches this weekend were not easy but I am happy with the team's performance. As we look to keep the winning streak going, we will try and have some indoor training ahead of the next leg. Ours is the only Nairobi-based team that is still training outdoors and that has affected our performance previously," coach David Lung'aho who is hoping to reclaim the title with Prisons Kenya said. 

The weekend was also not without drama as silver medalists Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) were docked three points off of their win against Prisons Nairobi. 

The Sammy Mulinge-led side fielded Dennis Omollo and Peter Kamara, players that were ineligible to feature in the local league having signed professional contracts this season but are back in the country. 

The match, played on Friday, was delayed for more than half an hours as there was a back and forth on whether the duo was cleared to play. The warders finally agreed to play but under protest. The decision was made on Saturday that the two should not have played.