Debutants make squad as Kenya names team for volleyball qualifiers

Debutants make squad as Kenya names team for volleyball qualifiers

Libero Celestine Nyongesa (in white) leads Kenya U-23 squad to celebrate a point during the Junior Africa Championships at Kasarani in 2016

Kenya's U-23 Libero Celestine Nyongesa has made the cut and will be making her debut appearance at the senior stage when Kenya hosts the regional zone 5 Africa Cup qualifiers at Kasarani indoor Arena starting Friday.

Nyongesa is among the  final squad of 14 players who were named on Wednesday by coach Japheth Munala as Kenya prepares to face long time rivals Egypt , fast rising Rwanda and Uganda in a three days qualifier.

Other players who have made the cut to join regulars in the team include Utility player Leonida Kasaya and Kenya Prisons Immaculate Chemutai.

With the return of Janet Wanja who had earlier in the year hinted retirement , Kenya Prisons setter Joy Lusenaka has been dropped as Wanja will partner with Jane Wacu in setting the pace for Malkia Strikers.

Others dropped include Doreen Marani, Yvonne Wavinya, Veronica Kilabat, Shyrine Jepkemboi Beldine Akinyi and Sinaida Yvonne and Milgreen Lutuvula .

The Kenyan team will be captained by Mercy Moim and coached by Japheth Munala deputized by former international Dorcas Ndasaba.

The top two teams will qualify for the African Cup of Nations to be held in Yaounde Cameroon on October 7-14. Winners in Cameroon will qualify for the FIVB World championship next year in Japan

SQUAD

Setters: Jane Wacu, Janet Wanja

Liberos: Aggripina Kundu, Celestine Nyongesa

Middle Blockers: Brackcides Agala, Edith Wisa, Ann Lowem, Triza Atuka

Left attackers: Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Everline Makuto, Leonida Kasaya

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