The national women’s volleyball team,Malkia Strikers, is expected to leave for Brazil on Friday, June 24th ahead of a two-month training stint in Brazil.
Kenya Volleyball Federation,KVF, deputy president Charles Nyaberi revealed to KBC Digital Sports that the squad of 16 is in the process of securing traveling visas to Brazil.
‘’We have managed to borrow tickets for the Brazillian trip so we are hoping that they can fly out late Friday evening or latest Saturday morning. Because of the financial constraints we are sending 16 players and two coaches if we had finances we needed, we had planned to take 20 players because its still a provisional team’’, said Nyaberi.
While in Brazil Malkia is expected to play top Brazillian clubs in a series of friendlies before heading to Serbia where they are scheduled to play Colombia and Serbia in the last friendly matches before heading to Holland for the World Championship.
‘’In Brazil, they will train together with clubs and the national team in Serbia they will train with Serbian clubs top clubs and the Serbia national team who are the defending world champions and the Colombian national team for ten days then end of August they will move to Holland and Poland for the world championship’’, Nyaberi quipped.
Kenya’s trip to Brazil has been hampered by a lack of funds with the federation still appealing for government assistance.
‘’We needed a total of Ksh.46Million for the Brazillian two months training, 10 days in Serbia and then at the world championships where we could be there for up to two weeks depending of how we perform. A sponsor came on board and they are sponsoring the team’s leg in Serbia, they are sponsoring full accommodation in Serbia and internal transportation but we still need money for the allowances as well as money when we go for the world championship where we will pay for our own accommodation’’, remarked Nyaberi.
The 19th edition of the World Championship is expected to be held between September 23rd-October 15th in Poland and Holland. Kenya is pooled in group A with Belgium, Cameroon, Italy, Netherland, and Puerto Rico.