Olympic-chasing Wacu shelves retirement plans


Kenyan International Jane Wacu follows action against Egypt during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball ...
Kenyan International Jane Wacu follows action against Egypt during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball champions at Safaricom Gymnasium stadium Kasarani on October 24, 2016. Egypt won 3-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Malkia Strikers setter Jane Wacu is still determined to play her first ever Olympic Games with the national volleyball team next year after sitting out three previous occasions
  • Wacu, who turns out for Seychelles side Anse Royale (ARSU), contemplated calling time on her international career after the Summer Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Malkia Strikers setter Jane Wacu is still determined to play her first ever Olympic Games with the national volleyball team next year after sitting out three previous occasions.

Wacu, who turns out for Seychelles side Anse Royale (ARSU), contemplated calling time on her international career after the Summer Games were postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the veteran, who has enjoyed a decorated 15-year stint with the Malkia Strikers, says she has put those plans on hold for at least another year as she trains her guns for one last swing.

“My biggest dream has always been to represent my country in the Olympics and after we qualified in January that was one of my biggest moments. I have donned Malkia Strikers colours since 2006 in many international assignments save in Olympic Games and the opportunity to achieve my dream is there.

“I had planned to do other things after Olympics and pave way for other upcoming players in the team but due to the coronavirus pandemic I have decided to put on hold that ambition so that I can focus well for the Olympics,” said Wacu, who has been at the national team since 2006.

In January, Wacu was instrumental as Malkia Strikers ended a 16-year absence from the Olympics after clinching Africa’s sole ticket during the qualifiers held in Cameroon. She says she is desperate to live her dream.

The former Tetu High School player has participated in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 qualifiers where Kenya failed to book a place in the finals in the three attempts.

The Kenya Prisons Inspector says when the time comes to call time on her illustrious playing career she will take a stab at coaching among other things.

“Once I’m done with playing volleyball I’m planning to start an academy either here in Seychelles or in Kenya but for now coronavirus have disrupted my plans, at least for now, and I will start to re-plan my post playing career next year,” she added.

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