Volleyball: Vihiga blames poor run on financial woes, appeals for support


Vihiga County Men’s Volleyball team is decrying lack of financial support as the factor behind their recent poor run in the national men’s volleyball league.

The club is ranked 15th in the men’s standings which enters the 7th round, the second last leg of the 16 team standings this weekend.

The financial constraints according to head coach Samuel Mugata has forced the club to skip three legs this campaign.

‘’We began the season well, we played the first two legs very well but the support from the Vihiga County Government stopped and it has been a struggle for us to honour the fixtures’’, remarked Samuel.

Vihiga suffered their 8th defeat of the season after falling by three sets to nil, 29-27, 25-21, 25-12 to top-four hopefuls KDF.

I had targeted the fourth position so as to play in the playoffs and even qualify for the finals which would have given us a chance of representing the county in African championships’’, Added Mugata

He called upon well-wishers to come and support the self-supporting club which has continued to produce quality players who have gone on to be signed by other national league clubs.

‘’I think I have good players in the last two seasons the club has been performing well and the players due to financial constrain leave the club. For instance, KPA and Equity Bank signed a number of players from the club ’’, said the head coach.

The players who went to KPA are: Chris Owala and national men’s team ‘Wafalme stars’ centre lewis Ogutu while Philip Ndungu and right attack Toek Kennedy Kukui were signed by Equity.

Vihiga County has played a total of 9 matches won one and lost 8 and occupies the 15th position, Central Prisons sits at the bottom with no point from 9 games.

Last season’s runner-up KPA lead the top-four race sitting at the top with 34 points while defending champions GSU is ranked second on 28 points same as third-placed Prisons Kenya. KDF is placed fourth with 27 points.


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