By Samson Jura
The Kenya national women’s volleyball team intensified training at the Kasarani stadium indoor arena ahead of the 2018 fivb volleyball women’s world championship which serves off on September 29 in japan. The team is therefore looking to give a good account of themselves as they tackle some of the elite teams in world volleyball.
Kenya national women volleyball team head coach Japheth munala has confirmed that award winning setter jane wacu is back in training after spending a few days on the sidelines due to a minor injury on the small finger of her right hand that she acquired during a training session while blocking.
“She was to be replaced by Kenya pipelines Joan Muindi,” said Coach Japheth Munala during a training session at the Kasarani indoor arena.
“Wacu is well and back in training, she has even participated in some of the friendly matches and I am happy she is back.”
The team has been in residential training at the Kasarani gymnasium since early June in preparation of the world volleyball championships slated for the 29th of this month to the 20th of October in japan. The coach is confident that they have had ample time for preparations and they will do well in group d which comprises of six teams namely power-house Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.
Malkia strikers will travel out of the country on the 18th, 10 days before the kick-off of the championships, where they will pitch a training camp meant to help the team familiarize with the humid japan weather,
Four friendly matches against local club sides have been lined up before the competition starts.
The squad to the world championships comprises of rookie and experienced players a move that the team members have welcomed saying that it is to their advantage.
The full squad includes: Jane Wacu, Janet Wanja, Trizah Atuka , Edith Wisa, Lorine Chebet, Christine Siwa, Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Sharon Chepchumba, Leonida Kasaya, Violet Makuto , Emmaculate Chemtai, Elizabeth Wanyama And Aggripina Kundu.
Malkia strikers will face Kazakhstan in their first match on September 29 before challenging Serbia a day later. They will then face Puerto Rico, champions Brazil and Dominican Republic in other preliminary matches.