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13 July 2014
Nairobi, Kenya, July 6, 2014- Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has named Kenya Pipeline coach Japheth Munala to the National women’s team technical bench.
Munala now will be part of the technical team that will prepare and handle the National team for 2014 FIVB World Grand Prix Championships Group 3 scheduled to take in Bulgaria on July 25 to August 24.
KVF Secretary General Evans Wasike announced that Munala will serve the team in the position of assistant coach, alongside Esther Jepkosgei, also of Pipeline.
Munala first served the team as trainer during the 2012 London Olympic Games Qualification tournament that was won by hosts Algeria.
Gideon Chenje, the current National and Prisons men’s team coach, was then at the helm of the team. Long serving Kenya Prisons and National women’s teams head coach David Lung’aho retains the position.
Dr Paul Mangoli is the medical doctor, Sarah Karongo physiotherapist while David Kilundo is the manager. Kilundo is also manager of the Prisons women’s team.
Wasike said: “The technical bench has been asked to select provisional team as soon as possible.”
Kenya is in Group 3 alongside Algeria, Kazakhstan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Bulgaria and Australia.
The East Africans are the highest ranked team in this group at position 13 in the FIVB rankings followed by Algeria in position 14th.
The host cities of the World Grand Prix have been confirmed with Tokyo, Japan hosting Group One, Kozalin, Poland staging Group Two and the Group Three Finals being held in Samokov, Bulgaria.
Kenya would play their matches in Samokov since the team falls under Group Three. The World Grand Prix 2014 features 28 teams for the first time in its history. The teams are split into three groups, which will culminate in their own finals.
Groups Two (Pools J to O) and three (Pools P to S) will start their preliminary round action on July 25 followed by Group One (Pools A to I) on August 1.
After three weekends of preliminary round action, the groups will enter finals mode with Group Two taking place in the Kaozalin Sports Hall from August 15 and 16, Group Three being staged in Arena Somokov from August 15 to 17 and Group One taking place from August 20 to 24 in the 10,000 capacity Ariake Collesium.
Following in the footsteps of the FIVB Volleyball World League, the number of countries competing in the FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix has increased from 18 in 2013 to 28 in 2014.
A Drawing of Lots was conducted on December 2, allocating teams into the respective pools (by group) based on a predetermined formula.
Group One features 12 teams including defending champions, London 2012 Olympic winners and world number one Brazil, USA, Japan, China, Russia, Italy, Serbia, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Korea, Turkey and Thailand.
Group Two includes eight teams - Poland, Peru, Puerto Rico, the Netherlands, Argentina, Canada, Cuba and Belgium.
The Group One finals will feature six teams – the four best in the preliminary round ranking, the finals host Japan and the winner of the final four from Group Two. Group Three will feature two weeks of preliminary round action before four teams participate in the final four.
These will include the three best from the preliminary round ranking and the hosts Bulgaria.
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By Oscar Pilipili, KVF press Officer
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