Blow for clubs as Un­der-23 coach de­clines to re­lease play­ers for league matches

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

Top clubs have been hit hard after the na­tional un­der 23 women’s team de­cided not to re­lease play­ers for the fi­nal leg of the Kenya Vol­ley­ball Fed­er­a­tion na­tional league this Fri­day in El­dama Ravine.

The move has af­fected cham­pi­ons Kenya Pipe­line, league lead­ers Kenya Pris­ons and Kenya Com­mer­cial Bank who have key play­ers in the un­der-23 side.

Kenya Pipe­line will be mi­nus Veron­ica Tanui and Yvonne Snaida while Pris­ons will miss the services of Anne Lowem and Yvonne Wavinya. Doreen Marani and Pauline Ny­ongesa will not turn up for Kenya Com­mer­cial Bank.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day after the morn­ing train­ing ses­sion, the U-23 head coach Cathrine Mabwi said the move seeks to give the team ad­e­quate time in train­ing ahead of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Africa women’s U-23 cham­pi­onship slated for Oc­to­ber 23-27 at the Sa­fari­com In­door Arena, Kasarani.

Mabwi said: “We have a few days at our dis­posal to train at the Kasarani fa­cil­ity as per our sched­ule and must make use of it.

This is bound to change in few days when our In­ter­na­tional op­po­nents among them Egypt, Tu­nisia , Sene­gal, Botswana and Rwanda ar­rive. This is be­cause they will also need to train at the fa­cil­ity and that means few train­ing ses­sions and that’s why we will not re­lease the play­ers.”

She said the play­ers have al­ready ad­justed to the in­door fa­cil­ity and re­join­ing their clubs will mean play­ing out­door, a de­vel­op­ment that will force them to ‘re-ad­just to the in­door when they re­turn. “Out­door com­pe­ti­tion also ex­poses play­ers to in­jury, some­thing we are try­ing to avoid,” said Mabwi.

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