• Three dropped from women's squad

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  • Kenya captain Prackcides Agala returns a shot in a past World cup match. She will lead the Kenya team to the Olympic qualifiers in Algeria.Kenya captain Prackcides Agala returns a shot in a past World cup match. She will lead the Kenya team to the Olympic qualifiers in Algeria.
Jan 16, 2012-

Gideon Chenje, the National women’s volleyball coach, dropped three players from his squad which will compete in the forthcoming Olympic qualifiers set to kick off in two weeks time in Blinda, Algeria.

Chenje released Kenya Prison’s trio of Florence Bosire, Esther Mwombe and Elizabeth Nafula from the team’s training camp on Monday.

The squad will continue to train at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani for the next one and a half weeks before departing for Algeria on or before January 28, 2012.

Kenya is one of the countries challenging for the only slot reserved for Africa’s representation in the 2012 Olympic set to be held in London. On the final week of training, the squad will be further trimmed to 12.

The national team played it’s first build-up match against a combined Nairobi men’s side last Saturday. Chenje who has been with the team for only three weeks however revenge against Algeria who denied Kenya the African title in the 2011 All Africa Games held in Mozambique, before the North Africans confirming their dominance over the local ladies in the CAVB World cup held in Japan, but the Kenya Prisons men’s head coach said his target is to beat the hosts before their home fans.

“I have no fear for Algeria, we’ve watched some of our videos and saw where we went wrong and I believe we will beat them to clinch the Olympic ticket before their fans,” he added.

No serious injury has been reported so far in the team which is a blend of young and old players and Chenje will be spoilt for choice when he selects his final squad. In attack, the coach will have an option of selecting Ulinzi’s Edna Rotich who got her first call to the national team in 2000, making her the most experienced player in the squad currently; Prackcedis Agala who retained the captain’s arm band and the hard hitting Evelyn Makuto.

In the booster section he has Jane Wacu who is making a return to the national team after missing the World Cup championship and Pipeline’s Janet Wanja while libero player, Mildred Oduako who also missed the Japan championship will provide another option for Chenje.

Interestingly, the technical bench has no information when they will depart for Algeria. There is no direct flight to Algeria from Kenya. The only option is to connect through Dubai or Doha. Chenje would prefer a three day rest before the championship kicks off on February 1, 2012.

The coach also revealed that the team will play two more friendly matches with the local men’s team before leaving for Blinda, Algeria. Other teams in Algeria will be Egypt, a former powerhouse in women’s volleyball, hosts Algeria and Seychelles. Other countries expected to confirm their participation by the end of this week are Senegal, Cameroon and Morocco.

 

Elvince Joshua

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