Aliwa upbeat as KDF eyes Military Championship


Kenya players celebrate scoring against Rwanda during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball champions at ...
Kenya players celebrate scoring against Rwanda during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball champions at Safaricom Gymnasium stadium Kasarani on October 27, 2016. Kenya won 3-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Kenya Defence Forces women’s volleyball head coach Elisha Aliwa is upbeat ahead of their first ever appearance at the 19th edition of the World Inter-Military Championship set for May 26 - June 4 in Canada.
  • The team began their indoor training on Wednesday at the Makande Hall, Mombasa ahead of the championship and speaking to Citizen Digital; Elisha noted that although it’s their first week in training, his charges are in good shape and responding well in training.

Kenya Defence Forces women’s volleyball head coach Elisha Aliwa is upbeat ahead of their first ever appearance at the 19th edition of the World Inter-Military Championship set for May 26 – June 4 in Canada.

The team began their indoor training on Wednesday at the Makande Hall, Mombasa ahead of the championship and speaking to Citizen Digital; Elisha noted that although it’s their first week in training, his charges are in good shape and responding well in training.

“We are trying to adjust to indoor training since we have been working out in outdoors only. KDF is taking good care of us and we are geared up for the championships ahead,” he affirmed.

Meanwhile, the draws for the extravaganza are scheduled for Friday.

The military side sailed through to the championship after clinching the East African Community Games title in Bujumbura, Burundi last year and this will be their first ever run in the competition.

The team will later camp at the Kasarani Indoor Arena for another week before travelling to Canada on May 23.

Veterans Ednah Rotich and Jackline Barasa have headlined the strong KDF provisional squad and are expected to bring on board their immeasurable experience, having featured for the national team in previous championships.

Others in the squad are Monica Chepkorir, Teresa Maingi, Josephine Rotich, Gladys Etale, Ednah Chemeli, Damaris Kamaina, Maureen Agwala and Hellen Kwanthai.

Also in the squad is Alexina Ambani who quit handball earlier this year to join volleyball, Sheen Jepkosgei, Sabina Wangui, Jackline Cherono, Jane Chepkoech, Lilian Akinyi, Jessica Chepkoech and Vivian Cheruto.

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