The annual Africa Volleyball Club Championship has been pushed back, again, for the third time.

The event that was initially penciled for April 2020, but was moved to March 2021, will now take place in May in Tunisia after Egypt withdrew from hosting the championship Tuesday.

With the new dates, the men’s edition will now run from April 16 and 28 April, then pave the stage for the women’s from April 16 to 28 May 2021.

“We’ve just been informed about the changes and luckily this came right in time because we were set to book the air tickets to Egypt today (Tuesday),” Gideon
Tarus from the Kenyan side General Service Unit (GSU) said.

“My target is to do better than what we did last time out, maybe a medal bracket finish because it has been elusive for a long time,” added Tarus who finished fifth with the same side in the 2108.

Besides GSU, Kenya will also send two more teams in the men’s championship, Kenya Prisons and Kenya Ports Authority, who will be making their debut at this stage.

Sammy Mulinge who is helping KPA with their preps on voluntary basis, reacted to the news:

“This is a blessing for us because we want to use the extra four weeks to prepare properly for this event. We want to leave a mark in our first edition,” said Mulinge who, The Standard understands, could sign a long term deal with the club in the coming days.

Other Kenya representatives are KCB and Kenya Prisons who who were summoned back by the government mid through the championship in 2019.

But after following the right procedure this time round, Josp Baraza is now targeting an improved performance with Kenya Prisons women’s team, Kenya’s most successful club at the continental stage.

“We are still going on with our training as usual,” Baraza who has a league match with Kenya Pipeline this Friday noted.

Respective national league winners and runners automatically book a ticket to the annual event . The championship was set to serve off on April March 31 to 12 for the men and thereafter pave way for the women’s edition.