Mabwi breathing fire ahead of Uganda’s AVC Zone V fiesta


Kenya head coach Catherine Mabwi instructs her charges against Rwanda during their Women's Under 23 African ...
Kenya head coach Catherine Mabwi instructs her charges against Rwanda during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball champions at Safaricom Gymnasium stadium Kasarani on October 27, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

In Summary

  • Kenya junior national volleyball team head coach Catherine Mabwi is upbeat her girls will sparkle in this year’s African Volleyball Confederation Zone Five qualifiers
  • The event will see one team qualify for the third African Youth Championship set for Algeria in July 17 to 27
  • Notably, secondary school volleyball giants Kwanthanze from Machakos County has produced six players for the team

The junior national volleyball team head coach Catherine Mabwi is upbeat her girls will sparkle in this year’s African Volleyball Confederation Zone Five qualifiers, which serves off on Wednesday at Lugogo Indoor stadium in Kampala, Uganda.

The event which ends on May 27 will see one team qualify for the third African Youth Championship set for Algeria in July 17 to 27.

Speaking to the Citizen Digital on Monday evening before departing for Kampala, Mabwi, who is leading the Under-18 girls’ squad alongside volleyball East Africa Secondary Schools champions Kwanthanze head coach Justin Kigwari, said her team is in good shape and ready for the tourney.

“We have been training for the last two weeks ahead of this event and my team is ready to take on any opponent in Uganda. We had three build-ups against Kenya Commercial Bank, DCI and Kwanthanze, winning against the latter and we hope for the best if the team’s performance during those friendlies is anything to go by,” optimistic Mabwi averred.

Meanwhile, the seasoned coach opted to axe right attacker Juliet Makokha and setter Linda Wasike from the squad and the two have been part of the provisional squad of 16 players named earlier before final team announcement on Sunday.

Notably, secondary school volleyball giants Kwanthanze from Machakos County has produced six players for the team.

Kenya will also field a boys’ team under the stewardship of Moses Lukorito and William Kemboi.

Five nations have already confirmed participation in the event and Mabwi revealed that the teams will use a round robin format during the tourney.

The countries which have already sent out their players for the championship are Egypt, Rwanda, Sudan, Kenya and hosts Uganda.

Tunisia and Cameroon both boys and girls have already qualified for the continental tourney representing Zone 1 and IV respectively. The Algeria fiesta shall include a total of eight teams to be determined through the zonal qualifiers.

Kenya Under-18 Girls’ squad:

Left attackers: Elvira Wakoli, Betty Sifuna, Pauline Itoo, Naomi Cheptoo and Gloria Nato; Middle Blockers: Lydia Iswan, Mercy Iminza, Marion Nangunda and Stacy Awour; Right attacker: Miriam Chelimo; Setters: Emmaculate Nekesa and Susan Losen; Liberos: Dalphine Nasimiyu and Eileen Nasuh

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