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10 July 2015
Nairobi, Kenya, July 8, 2015- Kenya National men's team head coach, Geoffrey Omondi has named a strong provisional squad of 16 for the forthcoming CAVB men's African Nations Championship set to take place from July 22-30 in Cairo, Egypt.
Omondi who last guided Kenya to a second finish at the All Africa Games Qualifiers in Rwanda included two new faces Gideon Kirwa and Ronald Bitok in the Kenya squad that begun their preparation Wednesday with the coach remaining confident that his team which will be led by Qatari based Captain Philip Maiyo with assistance of Kenya Defence Forces setter Elisha Aliwa who has since recovered from an ankle injury he sustained just a few days before Rwandan games will post positive results in Egypt.
The new faces, Bitok and Kirwa replaced Kenya Prisons duo of Silas Kipruto and Rodgers Kipkirui who are undergoing Police Training with Kenya Prisons Service after they were recruited into the service two months ago while Jimmy Ngala of Kenya Ports Authority and Ibrahim Oduor who captained Kenya in her last assignment, All Africa Games qualifiers in Rwanda were also dropped.
Ngala was dropped from the final squad that lost to Rwanda in May while Kenya Prisons Captain Oduor, who was included in the Rwanda squad on the last minute after national team Captain, Philip Maiyo pulled out of the competition on the last final day had no place for Omondi who went for a cocktail of young and experienced players.
"Were will only have five day training and it will be expensive to call a player all the way from Mombasa the n drop him after fives days," said Omondi who will only train the team for five days before leaving for Cairo. The coach also called juniors, Peterson Kimani to gain experience at the national team level.
Apart from teh new inclusion, teh squad wil also be welcoming Maiyo who plays for Al-Arabi Qatar and James Ontere (Oita Miyoshi of Japan) who missed the last assignment held in Rwanda.
Kenya's opponents will be among others hosts Egypt who qualified to the final of FIVB World Championship after winning Group Three and Paul Bitok coached Rwanda who denied Kenya the AAG ticket just two months ago.
The men's team which rarely competes at major international competitions unlike their female counterpart, Malkia Strikers, currently in Australia for the World Grand Prix group three semi final will have a big burden to match that kind of performance in Cairo championship whose winner will represent Africa at the world Cup later in October.
Setters: Daniel kip too, Elisha Aliwa and Nicolas Langat
Right attackers: David Kirwa, Phillip Maiyo and James Ontere
Centers: Hudson Chesoli, Wesley Rono, Ronald Kirwa, Dennis Mokua, Ronald Bitok
Libero: Peter Kabatu, Fredrick Muiruru and Faustine Baraza
Left attackers: Nicolas Kiplagat, Bonventry Wekesa and Michael Njoroge
Geoffrey Omondi- Head coach, David Muthui- Ass coach
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By Elvince Joshhua, from Kenya
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