Duo axed from volleyball team


NAIROBI, Kenya, July 9 – Abigail and Judy Tarus have been dropped from the national women’s volleyball team for the African World championships qualifiers that start on Friday. VOLLEYBALLAssistant coach Paul Gitau said that both players were dropped because of their average responses in training.

“At this moment we are looking at the best. When someone has 96 points and the other has 95, obviously will go with the one who has the most points,” said Gitau after the team’s final training session at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

Kenya who have been training for the last one month is gunning for a place in next year’s FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championships in Japan.

Brackcides Agala and company open their account against Senegal at 4 p.m. after Cameroon and Tunisia lock horns at the Kasarani Gymnasium.

The home side then take on Tunisia on Saturday before winding up their campaign against Cameroon on Sunday.

“The teams that are high are the best in their regions which essentially means that they are all strong as far as the qualifications are concerned,” said Gitau.

“Every team has prepared well for this tournament and I think the best team will win,” he added.

Gitau is confident that his side will put up a good performance in front of their home fans after adding that there are few chinks in their armour.

“We have been working on our serve reception that troubled us previously but as for now there are not many weak points I can think of,” said Gitau.

Kenya Squad:

Jane Wacu, Joan Chelagat, Asha Makuto, Esther Mwombe, Janet Wanja, Mildred Odwako, Roselyn Odhiambo, Jackline Barasa, Lydia Maiyo, Mercy Moim, Brackcides Agala (captain), Edinah Rotich


David Lungaho (coach), Paul Gitau (assistant coach), Rose Moturi (Team manager)