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Malkia Strikers to train in foreign countries ahead of the Olympic Games

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Women’s  National volleyball team ‘Malkia Strikers’ have reported to camp at Moi Kasarani Gymnasium, where they will train for two weeks before departing to  Brazil for a further two weeks training stint.

Malkia strikers head coach Paul Bitok has revealed that the team will also be expected to feature in an invitational Federation Internationale de Volleyball, FIVB organized tournament in Turkey before departing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

’We will be training for 15 days under the tutelage of four coaches from Brazil and one member from FIVB Who will assess the team for 10 days. Thereafter the Kenyan team will depart for Brazil on May 1st 2021,” said Bitok.

That means that the whole of May the Kenyan team will be training in Brazil and FIVB has lined up more than eight coaches who will be handling Malkia Strikers in Brazil. 

“FIVB is serious with African teams they want African teams to win at the Olympics so they have lined up a good programme whereby we will have international friendly matches.”

After the Brazilian tour ‘Malkia Strikers’ will return to the country where they will break for one week before returning to the camp for ten days then head to Turkey for an international tournament.

‘’We will be in Turkey for two weeks where FIVB have organized a tournament  where we will have a chance to play international countries before leaving again for another training camp in Kurume City Japan, organized by the National Olympic Committee of Kenya, NOC-K for the Kenyan athletes set to feature at the Olympic Games,” said Bitok.

Bitok said the training will offer a chance to new players pushing for a role in the national team. A total of 16 players are set to make the Brazil trip.

According to Bitok, he wants to build a team that will also help Kenya in the next qualifiers and the next Olympic Games.

Already FIVB and the Brazilian coaches have accepted that they include a few young players to travel and train with the senior team. 

“We will be going to Brazil with 16 players. This will give a chance to young players like Esther, Pamela Adhiambo, Pamela Chepkirui and Immaculate depending on who will be chosen on May 1,”Bitok said.

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