The competition will be the strongest ever in the history of the Women championships as it will feature all the big forces playing for the only African ticket in the prestigious FIVB event.
The opening day will show a Magnificent clash between Algeria and Cameroon in what is described as a repeated final for the 2007 All Africa games held in Algeria last July in the competition pool A. The defending champions Kenya will start their programme meeting Botswana in the same pool. Pool B will feature an expected interesting face off between the emerging South Africa and Tunisia, while Senegal meets Rwanda.
The exciting competition will show all the big continental forces at the women’s level led by the last All Africa games Gold medalists Algeria who had a considerable preparation in an Egyptian camp where they played three friendly matches against the other big contenders for the title Egypt which was ended all towards the Algerian side. The last champions Kenya will play to keep the title which they had the record of its victories with 8 cups in 15 competitions. the Kenyan team had concentrated training at Kasarani where they will be handled by Sammy Kirongo as head coach, David Lung’aho as Assistant Coach, Abdul Muge as Trainer and Sammy Mulinge as Statistician.
Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) President Waithaka Kioni stated that changes made on the national women volleyball team technical bench was aimed at finding a winning formula since Kenya is not taking chances in view of stiff opposition from North African teams specially Algeria and Egypt.
Egypt came to Kenya with a new look team following the retirement of the big historic star Tahani Tosson and the last minute withdrawal of the two main setters Yosra Abdel Karim and Miral Abel Kader. This situation compelled the head coach Hesham Badrawy who returned back to his job after the Cuban Head coach Carlos Gonzales left the team following the disappointing performance in the last All Africa games to use a new look team led by the experienced middle blocker Ingy El Shamy and the strong wing spiker Sherihamn Sameh.
Following their surprising performance in the All Africa Gamers where they have got the silver medal, Cameroon team wants to compete for the gold this time using the eurpean based professionals Ruth Deboue and Rebecca Nkot.
The emerging star Hihel Elghoul will lead Tunisia again after she performed well during All Africa Games where they were near a semifinal slot. Other competing teams are Senegal, Uganda, South Africa and Rwanda.
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