Kenya's U23 coach hopes simplicity will bring Africa cup success

By ronnie evans
Aug 31, 2021
  • Kenya women’s Under-23 volleyball players pose before the start of their training session at Nyayo Stadium on Wednesday.(Photo by Ronnie Evans)

Kenya national volleyball under-23 women’s team coach Catherine Mabwi believes that simplicity is genius for her charges to succeed as the team breaks camp for two weeks.

The break is set in order to pave way for the Voi leg of the Kenya Volleyball Federation league matches slated for September 9-11.

20 players were in camp on Wednesday and are expected to later join their respective clubs for league assignments.

The team has been training at the Nyayo Stadium for the past three weeks in preparation for the Confederation of African Volleyball women’s under-23 championships to be held in Nairobi on October 18-28.

Mabwi is unfazed by the break and the impact the league matches could have on her players’ condition.

“Injuries can happen at any point in sports and not necessarily when they play league games. The league games are a continuation of our training and it will be good for them because they are going to compete against the senior players,” she told Sports News Arena at the training session.

The former Kenyan international is happy with her players and they are working on the basics.

“The response in the camp is positive and the players are responding well to what we are teaching them. I believe that if they can replicate the same during the competition then we will not have any problem.

We are still continuing our practice so we cannot say that we have reached the pinnacle yet. We are working on the basic volleyball technical skills and perfecting them.”

Mabwi has full confidence in her squad and expects the team to shine. “I believe that all the players in camp are capable and are going to deliver. We are just working to get the 12 out of the 20 players to make the final squad,"she concluded.

The team is set to resume intensive training on September 13.