Malkia Strikers Return,Team ‘B’ Closing on Quarters at Africa Games

Kenya only needed one hour five minutes to register their second win in Pool B of Women’s All Africa Games  volleyball competition, beating Nigeria 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-19).

Opposite Esther Mwombe, center-blocker turned outside-hitter Joan Chelegat and center Edith Mukuvilani both of Kenya Prisons led the scores for Kenya with 11 points each, while Nigeria’s Mercy Promise led the losers and match scorers with 13 points. The result improved Kenya’s win-loss ratio to 2-1, while Nigeria dropped to 1-2.

Kenya’s blockers played the main role in the victory as the girls marked 15/4 in stuff blocks throughout the match to make it harder for Nigerians to penetrate their defence. Kenya’s service was also potent in the match action figuring 8/1 advantage over their opponents.

Quarters within reach

Paul Gitau’s charges just need a straight set win in their remaining two matches to sail into the quarters.

The win helped the East Africans keep up pace with group B leaders Cameroon who outclassed Mozambique 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-10) in under an hour. The victory was the third on the trot for Cameroon who remain the only unbeaten team in Pool B having won all their three matches. Theornine Aboa scored 15 points for Cameroon followed by Stephanie Fotsu on 14 points. Cameroon dominated all areas of the field throughout.

Malkia Strikers touch down

Meanwhile Kenya’s senior team returned from their FIVB Women’s World Cup campaign on Tuesday.

David Lung’aho’s side finished 10th in the competition hosted by Japan but the head coach believes that the Malkia Strikers would have placed higher had they played Cuba and Dominican Republic in the last matches.

Lung’aho won only two (against bottom two Peru and Algeria) of their 11 matches and while this was an improvement from their last performances where they had won only a match, a section of local fans expressed their displeasure with the team’s overall performance.

The coach though seemed to be contented with the result and his players’ performance when they touched down at the JKIA from Japan.

“As we sit here, it means that somebody somewhere is not impressed by the result (in Japan) but we need to appreciate these girls. If you go through the history books, you’ll realize that they did their best,” said Lung’aho.

Olympic Qualifiers

“I still believe we could have won against Cuba and Dominican Republic had we played them towards the tail end of the tournament. That is a lesson learnt and we now shift our focus to Olympics qualifiers,” added a philosophical Lung’aho who didn’t promise whether he will lead Kenya to the Olympics in the qualifiers which start early next year.

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