Kenya Prisons and the General Service Unit (GSU) were placed in relatively easy groups following the 2019 Men’s African Volleyball Club Championship draws conducted on Sunday in Cairo, Egypt.
The duo who will represent Kenya at the annual continental competition escaped North African giants and thus have navigable paths to the quarter-finals.
National champions GSU drawn in Pool D alongside University of Zimbabwe, AS Fag of Guinea, Mwangaza of DRC Congo, Nemostars from Uganda and Asaria of Liberia in Pool D.
Prisons, the 2011 silver medalists landed in Pool C where they will face Libyan champions Swehly, Rukinzo of Burundi, Ethiopian champions Woliata, Espoire of DRC Congo and Cameroonians FAP in Pool C.
GSU who finished fifth in last year’s edition will start their quest for the elusive title against Libya’s Asaria from 1PM Kenyan time tomorrow while Prisons who crashed out at quarter finals last year will be up against Wolaita of Ethiopia in their pool ‘C’ opening match from 2PM.
Speaking to Citizen Digital after the draws, Prisons’ head coach David Lung’aho was upbeat Kenyan teams can clinch the coveted title for the first time this year.
“We are aware of the North African teams dominance in this championship but we are ready to wrestle the title from them. First we are eyeing to sail through to quarters and after that we can dare to dream about the title,” he said.
Defending champions and hosts Al Ahly will start their hunt for the unprecedented 14th title tomorrow against Injis of Ivory Coast in Pool A which also consists of Police 6 of Botswana, Ethiopia’s Mugher and Ahly Tripoli of Libya.
The nine-day event which has attracted 22 teams will serve out on April 11.
Pool A: Ahly (Egypt)- Injis (Ivory Coast )- Police 6 (Botswana)- Mugher (Ethiopia)- Ahly Tripoli (Libya)
Pool B: Smouha (Egypt)- Gisagare (Rwanda)- Christian (Uganda)- Gendarmarie (Madagascar)- Etihad (Libya)
Pool C: Swehly (Libya)- Rukinzo (Burundi)- Woliata (Ethiopia)- Prisons (Kenya)- Espoire (Congo)- FAP (Cameroon)
Pool D: GSU (Kenya)- University (Zimbabwe)- AS Fag (Guinea)- Mwangaza (Congo) -Nemostars (Uganda) -Asaria (Libya)