Wanja to Retire from Volleyball

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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