February 26th 2018

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Once African heavyweights, Kenya’s women volleyball team is struggling to survive

The renowned national women volleyball team has a lot of homework to do, evident from its surprisingly atrocious performance at the 2016 FIVB Grand Prix intercontinental round

By Sandra Onindosonindo@kenyafreepress.comWednesday, 15 Jun 2016 07:50 EAT

Once African heavyweights, Kenya’s women volleyball team is struggling to survive. Well known for winning the Africa Volleyball Championship an amazing nine times, the Malkia Strikers also made a name for themselves after putting Peru down to win the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix intercontinental round.

But that remarkable history is fast slipping away. The team did not deliver as expected at the recently concluded 2016 FIVB World Grand Prix intercontinental round held in Wroclaw, Poland, losing all six of the matches played. Kenya lost 3-0 to Argentina, Bulgaria, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Poland.

The national women volleyball team has been leading the African continent for the longest time, representing Kenya in international volleyball competitions.

Kenya now drops to group 3 following their losses and for that reason, the Kenya Volleyball Federation faces a substantial bill of not less than Sh7 million, which they are unable to pay. Discussions are, however, underway in hopes that the charges will be relinquished.

Head Coach David Lung’aho acknowledged that a lot has to be done if the Kenya Women’s Volleyball team is to get back on its feet as soon as possible. “After our matches here, we know we have a big homework to do and we will do it when we come back to Kenya,” stated the disappointed coach after the final match which left Kenya smacked by Argentina 3-0.

A notable consolation in their defeat to Argentina was that Captain Mercy Moim   was voted the most impressive player in the match  on Sunday, striking 18 points to beat Argentina’s Tanya Acosta, who scored 11 points.

Sandra is a staff writer at the Kenya Free Press specializing in news, health and lifestyle coverage.

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