Kenya Pipeline volleyball setter Janet Wanja has been included in Kenya’s squad for the Africa Zone Five World Championship Qualifiers which begin on Friday at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani Indoor Arena.
Five months ago, Wanja had announced her decision to retire, citing the reason for the decision as a way of paving way for young setters to get their chance in the national team. Following consultations with national coach Japheth Munala who also doubles up as her coach at club level, she however rescinded to that decision and was included in the squad together with the exemplary Jane Wacu.
The Africa Zone Five World Championship Qualifiers will involve hosts Kenya, neighbors Uganda and Rwanda as well as Egypt. All teams involved are gunning for victory as the winner of the Zone Five qualifier will earn a ticket to the final round of qualification to the World Championships to be held in Cameroon later in the year.
Hosts Kenya will be seeking qualification to the World Cup where they performed dismally the last time they were there. The last time the Malkia Strikers played in the World Cup was in Japan, 2010 where they bowed out in the group rounds without winning a set. They however missed qualification for the 2014 edition.
Libero Celestine Nyongesa and right attacker Emmaculate Chemutai who have been included in the team consisting of 14 players will be looking to make their debut appearances for the national team. Other players included are Triza Atuka, Ann Lowem and Noel Murambi.
Setters: Jane Wacu, Janet Wanja
Liberos: Aggripina Kundu, Celestine Nyongesa
Middle Blockers: Brackcedes Agala, Edith Wisa, Ann Lowem, Triza Atuka
Left attackers: Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Everline Makuto, Leonida Kasaya