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FIVB Women’s Volleyball Club World Championship
Doha, Qatar
15-21 December 2010

 Press Release
Kenya Prisons aiming to steal the show

Kenya Prisons' 24-year-old setter Jane Wachu is seen as a key player to her team's hopes of success in Doha

Nairobi, Kenya, December 2, 2010 - Kenya Prisons' journey to the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship began four years ago, and the manner in which they have emerged from complete obscurity makes them a pillar of hope for all African clubs.

Formed in 2006, Kenya Prisons have chalked up two continental titles and three national league crowns and as a consequence have joined the ranks of Africa's biggest clubs. But they have their sights now on an even greater challenge as they prepare for their Club World Championship campaign in Doha, Qatar from December 15-21.

They will start off against Pool B rivals Mirador on 15 December and then take on Bergamo two days later. Coach David Lungaho said: "We are taking one match at a time. Our target is to get to the finals and if we can win this competition, then it will be a great honour to us and Kenya as a whole."

Last week, Kenya Prisons added another feather to their illustrious cap as they wrapped up the Kenya League Cup by beating Kenya Pipeline in straight sets (25-14, 25-14, 25-18) in a derby clash in Mombasa.

"If you look at the hunger in the players' eyes for success, you will see they will be not be going to Doha just to fill the numbers but to stake a claim at the bigger prize," Lungaho added. "I have an advantage because they are mostly young players and soon we will be able to completely dominate Volleyball in Africa and in Kenya."

Jane Wachu, the setter, is arguably the most promising Kenyan player. At 24, she is already one of the most experienced members of the squad and has filled the gap left by captain Brackcides Khadambi, who is currently in Japan training with Hitachi Sawa Club.

Agala, a central player, was expected to return on December 2 to join the rest of the squad at their training camp at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani. "She will bolster the team, and provide the added striking force that might be the deciding point for us in those crucial split decisions," Lungaho added.

In her absence Joan Chela has stepped in, and has combined well with Mercy Moim, Wachu, Esther Mwombe, Diana Khisa, Judith Tarus and Lydia Maiyo. Optimism is high and team manager David Kilundo believes the African side can head for Doha with confidence – not least for the experience a good number of the group gained from taking part at the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship in Japan last month with Kenya's national team.

Lungaho added: "This tournament has no favourites. It is being held for the first time after a long period and we are there to stake our claim and make our name. I know the Italians (Bergamo) are tall and sharp, but we are equal to the task. The Dominican Republic side (Mirador) are the dark horses with no one knowing exactly what to expect of them."

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