Paul Bitok appointed Malkia Strikers head coach


Paul Bitok appointed Malkia Strikers head coach
Outgoing Rwanda coach Paul Bitok instructs his charges against Kenya during their Women's Under 23 African Nations volleyball champions at Safaricom Gymnasium stadium Kasarani on October 27, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha/Citizen

In Summary

  • Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has appointed Paul Bitok as the national women’s team head coach barely two months after the volleyball titan left Rwanda.
  • The former Kenyan international replaces FIVB-seconded Italian coach Shailene Ramdoo whose four-month contract expired on August 1.

Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) has appointed Paul Bitok as the national women’s team head coach barely two months after the volleyball titan left Rwanda.

The former Kenyan international replaces FIVB-seconded Italian coach Shailene Ramdoo whose four-month contract expired on August 1.

Bitok’s appointment comes at a time when Malkia Strikers’ game seems to have stagnated with Cameroon their new-found opponents reigning supreme in the last two successive Women African Championships.

The former KCB player takes over the nine-time African champions two months after he declined to extent his stay in Rwanda where he had an illustrious 10-year coaching career with the East Africa’s tiny country national teams.

The former Kenya men’s team captain and who became the first Kenyan male player to play professional volleyball outside the country when he signed with Tunisia side Etiole Sportiff in 1998, was at the helm of Rwandese volleyball for a decade, helping them to rise and become one of the best in Africa across all categories.

Bitok was appointed in 2010 as head coach of the men’s senior team, but also handled other national teams at different levels in different regional and international competitions, and he guided both the men and women’s teams in this year’s World .Rwanda was the only country to qualify for both teams.

According to KVF President Waithaka Kioni, the 48-year-old coach will be deputised by the former head coach Japeth Munala and Kenya Prisons women’s team coach Josp Barasa.

Bitok’s first assignment as head coach will be to guide Malkia Strikers in Morocco where they will be seeking to defend their All African Games title from August 19-31.

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