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Malkia Strikers surrenders Africa top spot

Malkia Strikers team in Argentina.
Malkia Strikers team in Argentina.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 1 – Record nine-time Africa Nations Champions, Kenya women’s Volleyball team has surrendered the continental leadership after they were overtaken by Cameroon according to the latest FIVB world rankings.

Cameroon now occupies the top spot after climbing nine places to lead Africa on 45 points, 16 better than Kenya which is ranked 24 in the world on 29 point. Cameroon are ranked 19th globally.

Malkia Strikers, who failed to replicate her 2015 performance at the World Grand Prix this year, dropped to second after missing the Olympic slot to the new continental leaders who are ranked seven places ahead of them globally.

Kenya’s failure to qualify to the Rio Olympics during the qualifiers could have played a big part in the drop.

This is a clear sign that Kenya Volleyball Federation must rethink their strategy if they want to continue dominating the continental and possibly break to the world stage lest the emerging forces like Cameroon, Rwanda Senegal overtake them.

There is also the threat by the Arab nations like Tunisia and Morocco which is currently rebuilding.

Kenya boast of a record nine Africa Nations title but the form of the team is slowly sinking with the aging of most players.

Tunisia is third in Africa and just two places behind Kenya, followed by Algeria, Egypt, Senegal, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) who completes the top 10 continental places in the women’s group.

The men’s team moved two places despite a relatively low season and now occupy fourth place in Africa and 50th in the world. They are behind Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria in the continental standings.

Brazil and China are top of the men’s and women’s world table.