Kenya women’s volleyball team kicks off preparation ahead of African Nations championship

By Samuel Ouma

Kenya women’s volleyball team, popularly known as Malkia Strikers, have reported to training camp for preparation of African Nations Championship slated for next week in Kigali Rwanda.

On Wednesday, a squad of 18 players reported to the Nyayo National Gymnasium in Nairobi led by head coach Paul Bitok.

Out of the 18, only 14 will depart for Rwanda on September 8, said coach Bitok.

“I will not be swayed by names and keeping the squad I had in Japan does not mean they will automatically get a chance in this championship. The final travelling party will be selected on merit despite the short period in training. I urge all the 18 players to work hard because I will name my final team just a day before we travel,” stated Bitok.

The squad includes Jane Wacu, Joy Lusenaka, Esther Mutinda, Edith Mukuvilani, Lorine Chebet, Gladys Ekaru, Yvonne Sinaida, Ann Lowem, Mercy Moim, Leonida Kasaya, Noel Murambi, and Meldin Sande.

Others are Veronica Adhiambo, Agrippina Kundu, Elizabeth Wanyama, Josephine Wafula, Sharon Chepchumba, Emmaculate Chemutai.

The championship will begin on September 10 and ends on September 20.  Also, the men’s version will run from September 7 to September 16 in the same venue.

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