Algeria will travel to Kazakhstan for the opening leg of Pool N, which also includes Cuba, Australia and the hosts, while Kenya, who won matches against Mexico and Algeria in the last edition, will depart Nairobi on June 23 for the Pool O matches scheduled in Mexico. The newly crowned Africa champions will be up against Mexico, Colombia and Peru and coach David Lung'aho wants to see an improvement over their last outing in the competition when his team won two and lost two. The two wins were Kenya's first outside Africa.
Lunga'ho steered Kenya to her third straight Africa Nations title and ninth in total in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) win over Algeria in the final.
While other coaches dream of such opportunities, the two coaches, David Lung'aho of Kenya and Francois Savalgni of Algeria, share a common problem of coming up with strong squads to challenge for medals in the many tournaments they are lined up for.
After the World Grand Prix, Africa’s top two teams will turn their attention to the All Africa Games and the World Cup. Putting together squads capable of challenging for medals in these coveted volleyball competitions is something that is giving the two coaches sleepless nights.
“We will have to split this team into two – one for the World Cup and another to take part in the All Africa Games,” said Kenyan coach Lung'aho, who has set a target of four wins in the six matches his team will play in the first two legs of the World Grand Prix.
“We will have all summer preparing for the World Cup and the good thing is that examination period is over (in Algeria) so we will have all our players who were busy doing their exams,” Algeria’s Italian coach Savalgni said. "We have many players in Algeria, we will be able to come up with a second team to send to the World Cup and that is a very good thing for volleyball in Algeria.”