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Malkia Strikers step up training, Cup of Nations campaign at Kasarani just fortnight away

Coach David Lung’aho still has a player to drop to make the final 12, probably one of the squad members at center or left attack


IT is getting closer to the Africa Cup of Nations women’s volleyball championship in Nairobi between June 11 and 20 and the Kenya team, Malkia Strikers, have stepped up their training.

They are at camp at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani and sessions take place at the Safaricom Arena.

Calendar

Having bagged their 2015 All Africa Games slot during Zone 5 qualifiers in Kampala, Uganda on April 26, the successful National Oil Corporation of Kenya-sponsored national team focuses on the next stage on their busy international calendar.

They hope to lift the Cup of Nations before embarking on the FIVB [International Volleyball Federation] World Grand Prix beginning in Mexico on June 26.

Squad

The 13-member squad at Kasarani has two inclusions not available during the recent All Africa games qualifier. Jane Wacu takes the place of Joy Luseneka as a setter and Praxides Agala joins the campaign for a slot among the centers. Monica Biama gave up her place among the left attackers to Gaudencia Makokha.

Coach David Lung’aho still has a player to drop to make the final 12, probably one of the squad members at center or left attack.

Fourth round

The team comprises entirely of Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons players, clubs that are set for the fourth round of the Kenya Volleyball Federation [KVF] National League at Eldoret on Friday.

The two sides are expected to take part in the League despite earlier expressing desire to be exempted. Malkia Strikers team members could either be granted time off for the league fixtures and subsequent AMACO/Paul Bitok International Volleyball Tournament set for Saturday and Sunday, also at Eldoret, or the two clubs asked to send replacements from their large pool of players.

Training at Moi International Sports Centre for the Africa Cup of Nations:

[KENYA] MALKIA STRIKERS:

Setters:

  1. Jane Wacu – (Kenya Prisons)
  2. Janet Wanja – (Kenya Pipeline)

Right attackers:

  1. Lydia Maiyo – (Prisons)
  2. Esther Wangeci – (Pipeline)

Left Attackers:

  1. Mercy Moim – (Prisons)
  2. Evelyn Makuto – (Prisons)
  3. Noel Murambi – (Pipeline)
  4. Gaudencia Makokha – (Pipeline)

Centers:

  1. Praxcides Agala – (Prisons)
  2. Edith Wisa – (Prisons)
  3. Ruth Chepng’etich – (Pipeline)
  4. Triza Atuka – (Pipeline)

Libero:

13. Elizabeth Wanyama – (Prisons)

David Lung’aho – (Head Coach)

– Additional reporting by KVF