• We are not underdogs, KCB's Gitau warns his opponents

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May 01, 2012-

Paul Gitau will be in charge of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) women's volleyball team for only five weeks when the team plays its first match in the forthcoming Africa Volleyball Club Championships.

But the former national coach is ready to put up a spirited fight in the title challenge and hopefully lift his first title with the club.

Gitau who played for the Nyeri Posta and the Kenya Postal Telecommunication clubs in the 80's and 90's before taking a caching training in Japan is only three weeks old into the job as the head coach of the 2011 Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) second runners ups.

The instructor believes that KCB which is going to the games as the championships' underdogs will improve from their last years showing where they were bundled out of the games in the pool stages.

" I want to build a team where everybody has a responsibility and can be relied upon and not individuals. KCB is a young team and we have no 'stars' and so every player has a responsibility to perform. I want to change the pattern of play and instill mental strength in the squad to believe that they can perform," explained Gitau.

Gitau is the last Kenyan women's coach to have won gold in the All Africa Games when he brought the country's last gold in 1999 games and the trainer will be hoping to win his eighth Africa Club Championship title to add to the seven he won with Telkom ladies team during his reign as the coach.

The Skuba University(Japan) trained coach said he is not worried of any opponent, and is awaiting the draws to come up with tact's that will help him lift the title and earn the club a ticket to the World cup to be staged in Doha, Qatar later in the year.

"In the last two weeks I've been working on speed, strength and power next week I will work on the composition of the team, how to play and defend but I will not waste time thinking on how to beat Prison or Pipeline, that will only happen after I've known who am going to meet in the pools," Gitau added.

"I know we will perform better compared to last year where we were knocked out in the pool stage," added Team captain, Eunice Maiyo.

The coach will start their residential camp with a leaner squad on Tuesday, May 1 at the Moi Sports centre, Kasarani. 

Sportsnewsarena.com has reliably learnt that KCB are seeking the services of a seasoned player from the military side, Ulinzi and should the deal go through, Gitau's side will be going to the games a more rejuvenated side.

The player is switching clubs after she was left club less following a move by the government to pull all military clubs (except Ulinzi FC) from the local leagues due to the military operations in Somalia.

"She is a good player and her presence in the team will surely increase our chances of lifting the league," said Gitau at the team's training base at the, Nairobi Railways club.

 

Elvince Joshua

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