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Agala, Wanja back as Lung’aho reinstated Malkia Strikers coach

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Veteran setter, Janet Wanja, moments after Malkia Strikers beat Peru in the World Grand Prix Group 3 final on Sunday. PHOTO/Courtesy

Veteran setter, Janet Wanja, moments after Malkia Strikers beat Peru in the World Grand Prix Group 3 final on Sunday. PHOTO/Courtesy

NAIROBI, March 25 – French based Bracksides Agala and Kenya Pipeline setter Janet Wanja have been recalled to the national women’s volleyball team Malkia Strikers ahead of the World Olympic qualifier and Grand Prix tournaments.

Also returning at the helm of technical bench is celebrated tactician David Lung’aho, who was reinstated as head coach to replace Japheth Munala.

Lung’aho, who served as the Federation’s technical director will be assisted by Kenya Pipeline’s Munala.

“We have opted for our best coaches for these two assignments in Puerto Rico (Olympic qualifiers) and Argentina (World Grand Prix).We believes they have good working relations and we look forward to improving on our past performances.” Kenya Volleyball Federation Vice President Martin Makokha said.

Blocker Agala, who plies her trade for French top club Chamalieres and veteran Wanja were axed from the team in December last year after being part of the Malkia Strikers squad that featured at the World Cup in Japan.

Also returning is Chamalieres right attacker Esther Wangeci, who was included in the provisional squad of 25 players set to report camp next week Friday.

In the absence of the trio, Kenya failed to book an automatic ticket to Rio Olympics after the team was bundled out in the semi-finals by Egypt at the Africa Qualifier held in February.

Malkia Strikers have been drawn in the same Pool with Colombia and Puerto Rico in the world repechage scheduled for Puerto Rico in May where one team will qualify for the Olympics.

Kenya will be seeking to return to the Olympics for the first time since 2004.

Provisional squad

Noel Murambi, Monica Biama,Trizah Atuka, Agrippina Kundu, Leonida Kssaya, Violet Makuto, Janet Wanja, Esther Wagechi, GaudenciaMakokha ,Veronika Tanui, Mercy Moim, Everlyn Makuto, Emmah Chemtai, Ann Lowem, Edith Wisah, Lydia Maiyo, Joy Luseneka Joan Chelagat, Brackcides Agala, Jane Wacu, Ruth Chelagat, Nancy Mulonza, Elizabeth Wanyama, Poline Wafula, Christin Siwa.

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