Coach Epoloto backs Kenya for future glory after Cairo exit
The national men’s volleyball Head Coach Moses Epoloto says his youthful squad will only get better despite suffering group stage exit from the African Nations Championship in Cairo.
Epoloto, who paraded one of the youngest squads at the Egyptian capital, backed his charges to grow into a force to reckon with in the foreseeable future as they look to emulate their female counterparts who have long dominated the continental volleyball circle.
The squad which averaged 23 years included the surprise inclusions of youngsters Abiud Kipkirui, 20, and Brain Meli, 18, whom Epoloto will be banking on to anchor subsequent squads for tournaments that will follow.
Kenya lost 3-0 (16-25, 24-26,16-25) to Ghana in Sunday’s opener at the Cairo Stadium Indoor Halls Complex with another defeat to Tunisia all but confirming their exit.
They however bowed out heads high after recovering from two sets down to edge Libya 3-2 (25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 12-15) on Tuesday to claim their only victory at the biennial competition.
“During the first match against Ghana, the boys got disheartened but we picked up ourselves and gave a good account against Tunisia.
“I believe the boys are getting acquainted with the international standards of volleyball, therefore we can’t blame them. They have a lot more seasons to go,” Epoloto told Citizen Digital.
Kenya finished fourth in Group B with 2 points. Tunisia tops with 8 points, while Libya and Ghana are tied at 4 points each.
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