African queens Malkia Strikers begin title defense in Cameroon


Kenya national women volleyball team players celebrate in a dance after scoring a point against ...
Kenya national women volleyball team players celebrate in a dance after scoring a point against Uganda during their 2018 FIVB World championship qualifiers women match at Kasarani stadium Gymnasium on July 28, 2017. Kenya team won 3-0. Photo/Sportpicha

The national team Malkia Strikers are set begin their Women’s African Volleyball Championship title defence against Nigeria on Saturday in Yaounde.

The Kenyans got a relatively fair pool that comprises Senegal, Tunisia, Congo RD and Nigeria with their archrivals Algeria and Egypt falling in Group A alongside hosts Cameroon and Botswana.

Malkia Strikers Technical Director caution his charges against underestimating their opponents as they launch their hunt for a fourth successive continental crown.

 

“We are happy because we actually avoided some of the big teams, but it is tricky in a sense that we have to teams that are really unknown, that is Nigeria and Congo RD. Senegal are unpredictable and Tunisia is a very good team. We have to take every match seriously.

“It is a pool in which we will proceed from if we pull ourselves together. We are working towards that starting with today’s match against Nigeria. We want to win all matches and stamp authority as pool leaders,” Lung’aho said.

Kenya take on Nigeria in their first Group B match at at 6:00pm (+3GMT) before tackling Senegal, Congo RD and Tunisia on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday respectively.

-Report by John Mbati

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