Coach Ramdoo brims with confidence as Malkia launch title quest


Coach Ramdoo brims with confidence as Malkia launch title quest
Malkia striker players celebrate scoring a goal during their training session at Kasarani Indoor Arena on August 24, 2018. Malkia strikers are preparing ahead of the Volleyball Women’s Championship set for 29th September to 20th October in Japan. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • National women’s volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, will begin their Women's African Volleyball Championship campaign against North African giants Algeria later today, a team they beat in the 2015 finals in Nairobi.
  • Kenya will be hoping to win the title again after losing the 2017 championship to Cameroon in Yaounde, a chance head coach Shailen Ramdoo believes is attainable.

National women’s volleyball team, Malkia Strikers, will begin their Women’s African Volleyball Championship campaign against North African giants Algeria later today, a team they beat in the 2015 finals in Nairobi.

Kenya will be hoping to win the title again after losing the 2017 championship to Cameroon in Yaounde, a chance head coach Shailen Ramdoo believes is attainable.

“We are not underrating any team although we have prepared well, we are not going to underrate any team, sometimes three teams in a group is not enough before the semifinals or the finals but the challenge is competitive enough,” Said Ramdoo

The nine-time African champions, Kenya, are pooled in Group B with Algeria, Botswana and defending champion Cameroon.

“It is great to play these tough teams in the group games, which means when we get to the knockout we won’t meet them immediately,” he added.

Malkia Strikers have been training in the state-of-the-art indoor arena in Cairo since landing at the Egyptian capital four days ago, and Kenya’s technical director David Lung’aho is optimistic that the Kenyan girls are ready to take on the challenge.

“I believe we are ready we have been in tough training long before we left Kenya, I expect the girls to show it early in the tournament so as to reclaim the title that we lost in 2017,” Lung’aho told Citizen Digital.

Pool A comprises of hosts Egypt, Morroco and Senegal.

Match Schedule

Kenyan time

Day 1 July 9

17:00: Botswana v Cameroon

19:00: Kenya v Algeria

21:00: Egypt v Senegal

Day 2 July 10

17:00: Botswana v Kenya

19:00: Cameroon v Algeria

21:00: Egypt v Morocco

Day 3 July 11

17:00: Morocco v Senegal

19:00: Algeria v Botswana

21:00: Kenya v Cameroon

 

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