Don’t let volley team down

Monday January 11 2016


The national women’s volleyball team has stepped up preparations ahead of the Olympic Games qualifying matches set for Cameroon next month.

The African Queens’ trip to West Africa is, however, in doubt following lack of financial commitment from the government.

By virtue of being the African champions, this Japheth Munala-coached all-star women’s squad is considered a favourite to grab the sole ticket reserved for Africa at the Olympic Games that are set for Rio de Janeiro in August.

This team has done the country proud by winning an international competition — the Group 3 FIVB Grand Prix in Canberra, Australia — and needs to be appreciated.
It needs more than what its current sponsors — National Oil — are offering at the moment in terms of non-residential training.

For a start, the government should consider waiving the fees charged for training at the indoor arena at the Kasarani stadium. 

Coming a week after the men’s team opted out of the ongoing qualifiers in Brazzaville owing to lack of funds, all efforts should be made to ensure that the women’s volleyball team joins the Rugby Sevens national team in Rio.