Chepchumba,Wisa star as Malkia Strikers lose to Serbia


Chepchumba,Wisa star as Malkia Strikers lose to Serbia
Sharon Chepchumba in action against Serbia during FIVB World Cup clash in Hamamatsu, Japan on September 16, 2019. Photo / Courtsey/ FIVB

In Summary

  • Middle blocker Edith Wisa and left attacker Sharon Chepchumba emerged the best scorers for Malkia Strikers as Kenya lost her third consecutive match in the ongoing Women World Cup in Hamamatsu, Japan.
  • Malkia Strikers went down to World Champions Serbia 3-0 (25-13, 25-11 and 25-17) Monday morning as Kenya lies bottom of the 12-team log.
  • The match came just a few hours after it emerged that there were  in the Malkia Strikers camp as the players were yet to receive their allowances prompting them to hold crunch talks with team manager Ismael Chege in an attempt to resolve the stand-off. 

Middle blocker Edith Wisa and left attacker Sharon Chepchumba emerged the best scorers for Malkia Strikers as Kenya lost her third consecutive match in the ongoing Women World Cup in Hamamatsu, Japan.

Malkia Strikers went down to World Champions Serbia 3-0 (25-13, 25-11 and 25-17) Monday morning as Kenya lies bottom of the 12-team log.

The match came just a few hours after it emerged that there were  in the Malkia Strikers camp as the players were yet to receive their allowances prompting them to hold crunch talks with team manager Ismael Chege in an attempt to resolve the stand-off.

Despite their tribulations, the Kenyan Queens were in the pitch Monday morning facing off with the World and European champions Serbia who were also seeking for their first win in the tournament.

While the African Games champions are still struggling in the competition, Chepchumba and Wisa were adjudged the best scorers with 10 and seven points respectively.

Head coach Paul Bitok rotated his squad heavily with Chepchumba and skipper Mercy Moim only the two players who played the entire match.

In his post-match reflections, Bitok decried Kenya’s poor start into the match as their main undoing losing heavily in the first two sets.

“Today’s match was not good, especially in the first two sets. We were worried about the scores because we didn’t want to come to the World Cup and have low scores, but we managed to get a good score in the third set. We came in knowing we would be playing the world champions and the European champions and this scared some of us and it was not easy for us to contain them.

“They came in with a specific target to serve against our two left-sided players and really pressured them. When we weren’t playing well, I told myself to use other players so they can get some experience.” Bitok told FIVB after the match.

The next assignment for the nine-time African Champions is a date with Brazil on Wednesday

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