National women’s volleyball team celebrity setter Janet Wanja is back in training ahead of the forthcoming International assignments, five months after announcing her retirement.
Wanja had indicated that she was retiring to pave for upcoming setters as she had featured in all the available International championship. She said she only wanted to concentrate on club volleyball. However, national coach Japheth Munala yesterday insisted that they still need her services hence the reason why she was drafted in the women’s provisional squad. The team is currently training at the Safaricom Indoor Arena ahead of this week’s CAVB Zone V World Championship qualifiers.
Wanja plies her trade with the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) league champions Kenya Pipeline.
Munala, who doubles up as the Kenya Pipeline coach, said Wanja is still a force to reckon with as far as the setting department is concerned and therefore her services are still welcomed.
“She was willing to join the team and we gave her the chance and so far, the setting department is doing just fine. Besides, for the sake of growth, there needs to be a smooth transition and that is what we are focusing on now going forward.”
He added: “Our training is going on well. So far our back court defence which was wanting when we started our training, has fallen in place and what remains with few days to the event is to tighten all the loose ends in all the departments. The players have recorded their individual growth and the team at large have gelled well and we can only hope for the best.”
However, Wanja and Kenya Prisons duo of flamboyant setter Jane Wacu and Edith Wisa will muscle up for the two available slots even as the technical bench is expected to name the 14-member squad today ahead of the qualifiers.
Meanwhile, KVF technical director David Lung’aho said their plan to field a young national team to the just ended men’s CAVB Zone V World Championship qualifiers in Rwanda has bore fruits.
Lung’aho said: “We were criticised for fielding a young squad with nay sayer predicting doom for the squad but I’m glad we have been vindicated with the team qualifying for the Africa Nation Cup set for October, Egypt. Our objective is build this team and I believe they will be a force to reckon with.”
Kenya won the overall title with seven points followed by host Rwanda as Uganda and South Sudan finished in the third and fourth positions respectively.