Kenya’s women’s volleyball tournament representative at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics, Kenya, announced her 12-player roster for the Games.
Head coach Paul Bitok worked with a group of 14 players while preparing the team, but had to remove two from the Olympic roster, which can only consist of 12. He chose Violet Makuto and Libero and Elizabeth Wanyana and finalized the squad selection.
The Kenyan squad in Tokyo will largely resemble that of the team at the 2019 FIVB World Volleyball Championship, their last major international competition, as eight players will return to Japan almost two years later, including setter Jane Wacu, opponents Emmaculate Chemtai and Sharon Chepchumba , Outsiders Mercy Moin and Leonida Kasaya, middle blockers Lorine Chebet and Edith Mukuvilani and libero Agripina Kundu.
Kenya will return to the Olympics for the first time since Athens in 2004, when the nine-time African champions finished eleventh. The country’s only other appearance at the Games was four years earlier when the Malkia Strikers finished 12th.
The team is part of Pool A at the Olympics and will debut against Japan on July 25th. Kenya also meets the reigning world champions Serbia, Brazil, Korea and the Dominican Republic in the pool.
The Kenyan women’s national team was recently selected by the FIVB to take part in a pilot project for volleyball empowerment high-performance coaching in the run-up to the Olympic Games. As part of the program, the team took part in a high-performance training camp in Nairobi, led by the experienced Brazilian head coach Luizomar de Moura.
Kenya’s Olympic list
opposites – Sharon Chepchumba, Emmaculate Chemtai
Outside hitters – Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Leonida Kasaya, Pamela Jepkirui
Middle blocker – Edith Mukuvilani, Gladys Ekaru, Lorine Chebet
Free – Agripina Kundu
Olympic Games Tokyo 2020