Boost for Malkia Strikers as setter Wacu checks in
Setter Jane Wacu arrived in the country Wednesday and will join the national volleyball team Malkia Strikers, in Kasarani where they are training under a bio-secure bubble ahead of the Olympic Games.
Her arrival from Seychelles, where she turns out for Anse Royale (ARSU) adds quality to the squad already in camp. She is due for a mandatory Covid-19 test on Thursday before she can line up with her teammates.
Despite her decorated 16-year national team career, Wacu has never represented the country at an Olympic event after sitting out on three previous occasions and will face a battle against KCB’s Immaculate Nekesa and Joy Luseneka of Kenya Prisons for a spot in the squad.
Head coach Paul Bitok has termed Wacu’s arrival as ‘a massive shot on the arm’ for the team.
“I’m also happy because she has already received her jab against the virus while in Seychelles. I have a full squad of 20 players now and before we leave to train in Brazil I will trim the squad to 16,” Bitok told Citizen Digital.
Meanwhile, four Brazil High Performance coaches seconded by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) will jet in the country Thursday to fine tune the Kenyan lasses before leaving for their training camp in the South American nation on May 1.
The quartet comprises of Marcelo Vitorino de Souza, Luizomar de Moura, Roberto Opice Neto and Jeffesron Arosti.
“The four coaches will be of great help to the squad and therefore I call for maximum cooperation from the whole squad so that we can benefit from the programme before we jet out for Brazil,” he added.
After the Brazil outing, Malkia Strikers will then head to Turkey in mid June for a ten-day camp and thereafter depart for Kurume City, Japan where the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOC-K) and the city officials have entered a partnership to allow Kenyan athletes train there three weeks prior to the Games.