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Wanja to Retire from Volleyball

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International volleyballer Janet Wanja has confirmed that she will retire from the game at the end of the current season.

The 32-year old who began her career at the age of 12, says that time has come for her to step aside and pave way for new names into the game.

The celebrated setter has been an important member for the Malkia Strikers for over 10 years, participating in each and every tournament that the African Queens have participated in. She has cited instability in the current team as another reason of her making the decision and now she wants to concentrate in her job at Kenya Pipeline where she also plays her volleyball.

‘I feel that years are catching up with me and it is time for me to move on,’ she told a local radio station.

‘I started playing volleyball at the age of 12 and I have witnessed sweet and sour moments of the game,’

2016 was a bad season for both the Malkia Strikers and Wanja herself and she says this was the moment she thought of switching to other matters in her line of profession.

‘Last year was a bad year for me and the national team. Changes in the technical bench really affected us,’

‘Drastic changes in the squad also destabilized us as we were new to each other. When we participated in the grand prix, we did not make a mark on the global scene as in 2015 because our preparations were shoddy,’

‘We hope that the upcoming generation can take us to the next level in the game,’ she concluded.

 

She started her career at the defunct Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) women volleyball team before joining Kenya Pipeline, she also had stints in Greece.

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Five Junior Players Promoted to the Pipeline Team

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Five National under 23 players have graduated into joining the senior ranks of the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) champions Kenya
Pipeline.

Kenya Pipeline head coach Japheth Munala said the five were scouted from schools who and were playing in Pipeline’s  team B have been considered in the senior squad.

 

The players are setter Veronica Tanui and Sinaida Yvonne scouted from Mautuma Secondary School, Edna Mwombe (Kosirai), Beldine Akinyi (Kwathanze) and libero Celestine Nyongesa from Malava.

The players were part of Kenya’s under 23 squad that finished second during the age group World Championships qualifiers in Nairobi who finished second to Egypt to book a ticket for the international extravaganza to be staged in Slovenia in April.

Munala has meanwhile confirmed that the team’s captain Ruth Chepngetich is back in action after a year’s lay off due to sickness.

“Ruth is fit and back in training for the new season and am sure that she will regain her form,” said Munala.

However, Munala said Chepngetich will not get back her captaincy and her replacement Kenya’s international Triza Atuka will continue
captaining the team.

“Atuka has proved to be a team leader and we have confidence in her leadership abilities but we will give Ruth another role in the team,”said Munala.

The coach was speaking during an appreciation breakfast  for the team organised by the team’s sponsor Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday (January 25).

Munala  said they were currently focused for the KVF national league kick off as they prepare to defend their title before training their sights on reclaiming the Africa Club Championships in Tunisia.

The KVF national league kicks off on February 9 in Malaba, Busia County and the draw will be held on January 28 at the Nyayo National
Stadium.

Munala said Kenya Pipeline which finished third at the last edition of the continental showpiece will be aiming for their eighth title in Tunis Tunisia in the competition to be staged on April 6-16.

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