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