Wacu out as Malkia Strikers renew rivalry against Cameroon in mouth-watering Kigali fixture

Sunday, September 12th, 2021 18:31 |
Malkia Strikers celebrate after winning their gold medal in the women’s volleyball during the just-concluded African Games in Rabat, Morocco. Photo/PD/AMOS ABUGA

The national women’s volleyball team Malkia strikers will be without star Jane Wacu as they renew their rivalry with Cameroon at the Women’s African Nations Volleyball Championships today (Saturday) in Kigali, Rwanda.

Kenya have been pooled in Group B against defending champions Cameroon, former champions Tunisia, Burundi and DRC Congo. Pool ‘A’ has hosts Rwanda, Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria.

The rivalry with Cameroon has enthralled volleyball in the recent years, and has been marked as one of Africa’s most enduring battles.

Malkia Strikers, nine-time African champions, have prevailed in the last two matches the teams have met-at the African Games in Morocco and during the Tokyo Olympics qualifiers.

However, Cameroon has stood in between Kenya and their record-tenth African title in the 2017 and 2019 editions.

With Wacu missing due to a head injury, head coach Paul Bitok will be buoyant with the return of Elizabeth Wanyama and Pipeline duo of Esther Mutinda and Sinaida Yvonne as well as Veronica Adhiambo of Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Other opponents in the pool are former champions Tunisia, Burundi and DRC Congo while pool ‘A’ has hosts Rwanda, Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria.

Players in the travelling squad will include captain Mercy Moim, Joy Lusenaka, Edith Wisa, Lorine Chebet, Gladys Ekaru, Leonida Kasaya, Pamela Masaisai, Sharon Chepchumba, Emmaculate Chemtai, Aggripina Kundu

Fixtures Day One

Burundi Vs DRC Congo-12:00

Nigeria Vs Senegal-14:00

Cameroon Vs Kenya-16:00

Rwanda Vs Morocco-18:00

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