Beach Volleyball ready to ramble

July 26, 2021. Brackcides Khadambi of Kenya in action. REUTERS

The World Beach Volleyball Championship will kick off with Kenya’s duo of Gaudencia Makokha and Brackcides Agala opening the stage on Friday where they will battle it out with Italian pair of Claudia Scampoli and Margherita Blanchin at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy.

Agala and Makokha who are ranked 130th will come out to detroth Scampoli and Blanchin who command 30th position in the world as per the latest FIVB rankings released on June 6.

The Kenyans who are in Pool L will then take on Karla Berger and Julia Sude of Germany two days before wrapping their stage match against Poland’s duo of Kinga Wajtasik and Kociołek Katarzyna on Monday.

Kenya is the only country from East Africa and will add on the other three countries from Africa comprising Morocco, Egypt and Mozambique picked by the Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) to represent the continent.

The championship runs till June 19 which will see a total of 48 teams drawn into 12 pools take part.

Kenya will be taking part in the tournament for the second time having made its debut in Austria in 2017 when Naomi Too and Makokha flew the country’s flag.

Kenya is ahead of the latest FIVB ranking with Mozambique, Morocco and Egypt holding positions 151, 174 and 226 respectively.

The Kenyan team comprising Agala, Makokha, Owino and team manager Moses Mbuthia landed in Italy on Tuesday evening and expect to post good results.