• KCB, last season's Kenya Volleyball Federation league runners-up, are expected to leave the country for the arduous task early next week.
•This is the third consecutive time Tunisia is hosting the tournament having done so in 2021 and 2022 respectively
KCB women's volleyball coach Japheth Munala says they will need a bold approach to deal with their opponents in the African Club Championships set for May 12-22 in Tunisia.
The bankers are the defending champions of the annual competition and are keen to successfully defend the crown they won last year at the same venue.
This year's competition has attracted 25 teams (both men and women) with record holders Al Ahly highlighting the quality field expected in the North African nation.
This is the third consecutive time Tunisia is hosting the tournament having done so in 2021 and 2022 respectively. The Edith Wisa-captained side defied the odds to silence Egypt's Al Ahly 3-1 in the final to end a 16-year title hiatus.
KCB, last season's Kenya Volleyball Federation league runners-up, are expected to leave the country for the arduous task early next week.
Speaking during the team's Friday training session in Nairobi, Munala said: “This championship provides a great opportunity for us to showcase our volleyball talent across the continent while also exposing the players to international competition."
He added: "We expect a valiant display from our team throughout the tournament for us to defend our title."
Wisa outlined the team's ambition saying: “We know the uphill task that awaits us in Tunisia. As a team, we are ready to conquer the continent once again and stamp our authority as the undisputed number one volleyball team in Africa.”
KCB will miss the services of last year's Most Valuable Player award winner Sharon Chepchumba who plies trade in Greece.
The burly attacker signed a deal with third-tier side Aris Thessaloniki volleyball club immediately after the World Championships in September last year.
The bankers have, however, bolstered the squad with the additions of Esther Mutinda, Juliana Namutira, Elizabeth Lemosiany, Faith Cherotich and Pauline Chemutai.
The team is a blend of youth and experience and Malkia Strikers' captain Mercy Moim highlights the squad.
KCB recently qualified for the semifinals of the Paul Bitok Volleyball tournament which is expected to resume after the club championships.