Barely months after elevating Japheth Munala at the helm of National women’s volleyball team Malkia strikers at the expense of celebrated David Lung’ao, Kenya Volleyball Federation KVF has finally given in and rekindle the move.
In a statement on the federation’s official portal on Friday, KVF Vice President Martin Makokha confirmed the reinstatement of Lung’ao as the head of the technical bench stating that the development has been instigated by the desire to have the team book Olympic slot.
Mokokha disclosed that Munala will deputize Lunga’o with the Federation convinced cohesion between the two top tacticians will see Malkia Strikers make it to the 2016 August Rio Olympics as well as sail in this year’s World Grand Prix Group 2.
Also recalled are French based blocker Bracksides Agala and Kenya Pipeline setter Janet Wanja who were axed by Munala in the aftermath of his appointment, months after the duo won continental and World Grand Prix Level3 titles with Malkia Strikers.
The two are among the provisional 25-Strikers’ squad is expected to report to camp Friday next week ahead of their May repechage Olympic qualifiers where they will come up against hosts Puerto Rico and Colombia.
Kenya failed to earn a direct ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics after they lost in the semi-finals of the first round of the qualifiers held in Yaounde Cameroon in February.
Kenya Pipeline- Janet Wanja, Triza Atuka, Esther Wangeci, Leonida Kasaya, Veronica Tanui, Noel Murambi, Monica Biama, Violet Makuto, Gaudencia Makokha, Aggripina Kundu. Kenya Prisons- Jane Wacu, Brackcidise Agala, Mercy Moim, Evelyne Makuto, Joan Jelagat, Elizabeth Wanyama, Anne Lowen, Joy Luseneka, Edith Wisa, Lydia Maiyo, Emmaculate Chemtai.KCB-Pauline Wafula and Christine Siwa.Nairobi Water Ruth Chelagat and Nancy Mulonza.