Kenya womenís team focus on FIVB World Grand Prix

13 July 2014

Nairobi, Kenya, June 21, 2014- Kenya National volleyball women's team has started training for the FIVB World Grand Prix that will be played in Bulgaria starting July 27, 2014.

 

The Grand Prix is a great chance for Kenya to showcase its talent outside the borders of African especially after failing to qualify for the 2014 FIVB World Championships.

 

Kenya lost the World Championships ticket against Tunisia during one of the two Africa qualification rounds that was played in Nairobi early this year.

 

Veteran head coach David Lung’aho and assistant Japheth Munala have shown trust in veteran players who featured in the World Championships qualifiers by including them in the provisional squad.

 

Regular players who are in the team are: Jane Wacu and Janet Wanja (setters); Ruth Jepleting, Bracksides Agala and Joan Chelegat (centers); Monicah Biama (Pipeline), Mercy Moim, Everline Makuto, Esther Mwombe (right); Lydia Maiyo, Violet Makuto, Esther Wangeci (left) and Elizabeth Nafula (libero).

 

Upcoming stars who holds the future of Kenyan volleyball include Joy Luseneka (setter), Joan Muhindi Trizah Atuka, Edith Wisa, Chemtai Ndiema, Noel Murambi (centres) and Naomi Too and Agripina Kundu (libero).

 

The two tacticians are arguably the best in Kenya as they also handles top clubs that have dominated African and local scene over years.

 

Lung’aho led Prisons to second-place finish in the last African Clubs Championships in Tunisia while Munala guided Pipeline to bronze position.

 

The provisional team started training at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on June 11, 2014.

 

Kenya Volleyball Federation first vice chairman Martin Makokha said that the Government have extended their support to the team by allowing them to train at the standard gymnasium.

 

"The federation would like to take this earliest opportunity to thank the Government for allowing the national team train in the indoor arena."

 

Makokha believes that the team have ample time to train at the Arena before they start Grand Prix mission.

 

Makokha said: "We want to convenience the FIVB that Kenya deserves a permanent slot in the Grand Prix Championships and the only way to do so is by returning better results," he said.

 

This is the first time that Kenya has been entered in the Grand Prix Championships. Africa will be represented by two teams- Kenya and Algeria who will all play under Group 3.

 

Other countries in the Group 3 are Algeria, Kazakhstan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Bulgaria and Australia.

 

KENYAN TEAM SQUAD

 

Setters: Jane Wacu, Joy Luseneka (Prisons), Janet Wanja (Pipeline), Joan Mulindi (KCB); Ruth Jepleting Trizah Atuka (Pipeline); Bracksides Agala, Joan Chelegat, Edith Wisa (Prisons), Chemtai Ndiema (Nairobi Water); Right:  Noel Murambi, Monicah Biama (Pipeline), Mercy Moim, Everline Makuto, Esther Mwombe (Prisons); Left: Lydia Maiyo, Violet Makuto (Prisons), Esther Wangeci; Libero: Naomi Too (Nairobi Water), Agripina Kundu (Pipeline), Elizabeth Nafula (Prisons), Leonida Kasaya (KCB).

 

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By Oscar Pilipili. KVF press officer 



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