Seasoned Wanja says her experience will be vital for Malkia in Japan


From left:Janet Wanja, Noel Nasimiyu and Brackcides Khadambi celebrates after winning 2018 FIVB World championship ...
(FILE)From left:Janet Wanja, Noel Nasimiyu and Brackcides Khadambi celebrates after winning 2018 FIVB World championship qualifiers women match at Kasarani stadium Gymnasium on July 30, 2017. Kenya team won 3-0. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Long-serving national women’s volleyball team setter Janet Wanja is banking on her experience to help Malkia Strikers clinch this year’s World Championship set for Japan from September 29 - October 30.
  • According to the volleyball governing body, the nine-time African champions will jet out for Japan on September 18 for friendlies before the extravaganza serves off ten days later in the Japan’s capital Tokyo.
  • Malkia are pooled in Group D alongside Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Puerto Rico.

Long-serving national women’s volleyball team setter Janet Wanja is banking on her experience to help Malkia Strikers clinch this year’s World Championship set for Japan from September 29 – October 30.

Speaking to the Citizen Digital after she was included in the final 14-member squad ahead of the global showpiece by the Kenya Volleyball Federation technical bench, Wanja said her long time international exposure will help the Japheth Munala coached team to shine in Japan.

“Our squad has many young players who will be making their debuts in the international stage but Jane Wacu and I will be of great importance because we have represented this team for long. I am happy the technical bench has decided to spruce up the squad with young talent. They will be of good help,’’an optimistic Wanja said.

The veteran Kenya Pipeline star has had illustrious international career with the women national team spanning over 15 years.  Wanja has bagged five Africa Nations Championships, three All African Games and World Grand Prix title in 2015 – a first for an Africa team and five appearances at the World Championships with the African Queens.

Middle blocker Lorine Chebet and left attacker Sharon Chepchumba who both featured for Kwanthanze Secondary School in last year’s East African School Championship, are the new faces in the squad.

Another debutant for the global fiesta is Kenya Prisons Emmaculate Chemtai, whose splendid performance in the African championship last year in Cameroon earned her a place in the team.

Veteran setter, Janet Wanja's hair do turned heads in San Juan during their opening defeat to Colombia. PHOTO/FIVB
FILE: Veteran setter, Janet Wanja’s hair do turned heads in San Juan during their opening defeat to Colombia. PHOTO/FIVB

Wanja says they are working on the mistakes which culminated in their defeat against fellow Africa representatives Cameroon in last year’s Africa Championship.

“We have four weeks and we are working on reception mistakes which have been hurting us for a long time. This is one area which Cameroon capitalized on against us in last year’s qualifiers but we are improving,” said Wanja adding that, ‘’I think we have the best squad now.”

According to the volleyball governing body, the nine-time African champions will jet out for Japan on September 18 for friendlies before the extravaganza serves off ten days later in the Japan’s capital Tokyo.

Malkia are pooled in Group D alongside Brazil, Serbia, Kazakhstan and Puerto Rico.

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