Former volleyball Premier League champions Kenya Prisons hope to challenge reigning champions’ Kenya Pipeline three-year dominance of the women league when the 2017 season culminates into play-offs next month at Makande Social Hall in Mombasa.
Speaking at Eldama Ravine in Baringo County during the last leg of the Premier league Prison’s veteran coach David Lung’aho expressed his intend to challenge Pipeline’s three-year invincibility having won their last title in 2013.
“Looking at our last year performance it tells you we didn’t lose because we had a weak team but for a few mistakes that eventually proved costly for our team.
We have ample time to shape a winning team ahead of the Mombasa showdown,” said Lung’aho. Pipeline grabbed their third straight title last year at the same venue after staging a dramatic comeback in their last round robin match against the wardresses bag a crucial 3-2 victory and will be keen shelf their fourth title in a row.
The champions reigned supreme in Eldama Ravine after thrashing Prisons 3-0(25-13,25-23,25-15) in their last match finish at the top of the league with 21 points, one a drift of their court nemesis Prisons. Lung’aho’s charges proved their worth during the Africa Club championships in Tunisia when the two sides locked horns that saw Prisons conquer their compatriots 3-2 in a pulsating encounter.
Other teams that have booked tickets at the play-offs includes Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and Nairobi Water after finishing third on 14 points and fourth on 11 points respectively. KCB succumbed to a narrow 3-2 (21-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-23, 15-10) defeat in the hands of Prisons over the weekend while Pipeline was awarded walk-over points against Nairobi Water who gave the last leg a wide berth.
In the men’s Premier League General Service Unit (GSU) made their intention to reclaim the national title clear after finishing regular season unbeaten with 34 points at the top of the men’s ranking. The Paramilitary side relinquished the title to current champoins Kenya Prisons last year and if their current performance is anything to go by, fireworks are in the making ahead of the Mombasa ultimate battle at the play-offs.
GSU stunned Cooperative bank 3-1 over the weekend to take their tally to 34 points from 12 matches ahead of Kenya Prisons who collected 31 points after beating AP Kenya (3-0) and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) 3-2 in Eldama Ravine.
Nonetheless, Cooperative and KPA qualified to the play-offs as third and fourth place finishers. Only top four teams from each category booked tickets at the round robin play-offs that will determine season’s new champions.