Kenya face Brazil

The national women’s beach volleyball team players Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makokha have been drawn in tricky Pool ‘C’ ahead FIVB World Championship in Vienna, Austria.
The 11th edition is set to start on July 28 to August 6 at the state-of-the-art Vienna Centre Court at Donaninsel. The Kenyans, who are currently undergoing intensive training at the Fig Tree Hotel, Mombasa will come up against 2015 champions Brazil, Canada and Netherlands.
Too and Makokha qualified for the World Championship after settling for bronze during the African Nations Cup last May in Maputo, Mozambique, .
Too said the pool is tough but remained optimistic they have what it takes to pull upsets since they made it to the world stage on merit.
Too and Makokha, who both turn up for the Kenya Volleyball Federation national league champions Kenya Pipeline, said they have played Brazil before during the junior championship and they know one or two things about them.
“Save for Brazil who we have played before, we know little about the other two but we are determined to pull shockers. Brazil won against us in the junior championship but I believe we have all grown up and it is a totally new ball game this time round and we are ready for the event,” said the left attacker.
She added: “We remain grateful to the federation for ensuring we have had good preparation as we look forward to depart to the host nation on July 26. The training is going well and we hope for the best.”
Rwanda duo of Charlotte Nzayisenga and Denise Mutatsimpundu, who are coached by Kenyan export Paul Bitok have been drawn in pool ‘I’ alongside Canada, USA and Brazil. A total of 96 teams (48 per gender) will compete for the world title in the men and women’s competitions.
The top two pairs in each pool will advance to the round of 32 along with the four best third-placed duos based on match points, set-point and/or rally-point ratios.
From the round of 32 onwards, the tournament will be played in a single-elimination format. The winning men and women’s teams will split the $60,000 first-place prizes.

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