Voice of Sport

Kenya go for women’s volleyball Gold against Cameroon in Monday afternoon Final

Junior Malkia Strikers had a spectacular 3-2 semi-final win over arch rivals Egypt while “aged” Kenya women and men’s handballers put up pathetic performances amid calls for an overhaul in selection


THE Kenya women’s volleyball team which remarkably fought its way to Monday afternoon’s Final at the African Games in Brazzaville has full admiration of the contingent while the very poor performance of the men and women handball teams has received severe criticism.

Kenyan handball teams seem to have resisted change, keeping on board the same players, in some cases for the past 25 years. The women’s team has five players over the age of 30 years and incredibly Grace Kusa (43), Edna Kasadi (40) and Grace Madegwa (36) are still playing. The men’s team has six players over 30, the eldest being Kevin Ida Koga (39).

Medal bracket

Gabriel Mutuku, leader of the Karate team which did not make the medal bracket here described the long stay of players in his sport as not helping. He said: “We’ve had them for donkey years and we are heading nowhere. The sport here is for the young. We must make a revolution in Kenya karate.

“These karatekas have served us well in the past and we shall now engage them in various capacities — as coaches, managers and officials to build the next generation of karatekas in order to compete internationally”.

Preliminary

Handball, whose chairman is National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) secretary general needs to move with the times and perhaps a good start would be to listen to Mutuku. The Kenya handball teams each lost both their preliminary pool matches and were eliminated (see below).

Meanwhile, on Monday afternoon, 2pm local time [4pm, Kenya], Kenya women’s volleyballers attempt to win Gold for the first time in three African Games. The Kenya team here is young and ambitious, the entire first team — Malkia Strikers — being absent because they were recently taking part in the World Cup in Japan.

Correct

The selection here got through to the Final after a spectacular victory, 3-2, over bitter rivals Egypt in the Semi-finals. The Junior Malkia Strikers must now seek to overturn a 2-3 defeat by Cameroon when they met in an earlier pool match. They could do that if they can correct what made them lose a two-set lead in the match. It is up to coach Frank Gitau to figure out what happened.

HANDBALL:

Women Group ‘C’:

Angola 42-12 Kenya

Nigeria 32-16 Kenya

Team Kenya:

1 Winnie KERUBO
2 Grace MADEGWA
4 Cecilia KUTHEU
5 Mitchelle ATIENO
6 Judy OUGO
8 Alexina AMBANI
15 Gladys CHILO
3 Tracy ONGIRI
7 Edna KASANDI
9 Melvin AKINYI
10 Merina ANDALA
11 Brenda MUSAMBAI
12 Carolyn KUSA
14 Roselyn ACHIENG
16 Regina WAITHERA

 

Men, Group ‘B’:

Angola 36-9 Kenya

Kenya 19-27 Nigeria

Team Kenya:

1 Victor OTUOMA NYONGESA
2 Nicholas IRERI NJUE
3 Thodosia SANGORO NGALA
4 Victor SIERO
5 Kiplagat CHERUIYOT
6 Rodgers ARUNGA AMBUNDO
7 Paul ONDARA
9 Bruno SEWE
10 Victor ODUOL
11 Davies ODHIAMBO
12 Cajitan YWAYA
13 Oduor BRYAN
15 Byron AGUNDA
16 Tyrus OCHIENG AGUNDA
17 Kevin IDA KOGA