Kenya demolish Tunisia

Published on 12/07/2009

By Oscar Pilipili and Bismarck Mutahi

A top-level performance by Kenya Prisons pair Jane Wacu and Lydia Maiyo enhanced Kenya’s chances of qualifying for the 2010 Women’s Volleyball World Championships.

The local girls registered a resounding 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-16) victory over a shell-shocked Tunisian side in the ongoing Africa qualifiers at Kasarani Saturday.

Despite a threat of sitting out of the tie over unpaid allowances the local girls played the tie with some military precision even though Tunisia had a bright start.

In the opening set the North Africans silenced the local fans at the indoor gymnasium after a flurry of poor reception by the hosts gave them a 5-0 first set lead.

Kenya, however, with Maiyo striking four points to narrow the gap to 8-6 at the technical time out.

It was a good show by the lanky Maiyo who was playing in a new right attacking position and not the left side that she is accustomed to.

Supporting cast

She was not the only bright spot in the Kenyan team though as she had the supporting cast of her team mates in Prisons’ Bracksides Agala and setter Wacu.

Wacu was not only good in her setting position, but her defence was also impressive and she still had time to attack when the Tunisians failed to attack at the net.

After the poor start there was no turning back for the Kenyans as they ensured the Tunisians never had a chance to surge ahead in all the three sets.

Coach David Lung’aho was, however, forced to make a change in the first set taking off Edna Rotich for Mercy Moim.

The young Moim didn’t disappoint and repaid her coach’s faith with strong net and inspiring play at the backcourt supported by libero Mildred Odwako.

The 3-0 win meant that Kenya have won the opening two matches without losing a set after winning by the same scoreline on Friday.

Fifth appearance

They will confirm their position in the World Championships next year in Japan when they take on Cameroon today.

Despite the win the discontent in the Kenyan camp over unpaid allowances could jeopardise their chances of making their fifth appearance at the World Championship.

Players who sought anonymity told FeverPitch they would boycott the crucial match against

Cameroon today if Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) fail to clear their allowances, which count to Sh30, 000 per player.

“We’re hereby demanding same treatment that is usually accorded to the rugby and football teams. We can’t see a reason why volleyball teams should be treated differently yet all of us are on national duties,” said the players.



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