Malkia Strikers drawn in tough Olympics pool
Kenya's women volleyball team Malkia Strikers have been drawn in a tough pool for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July
Malkia Strikers in previous match
Kenya's women volleyball team Malkia Strikers have been drawn in a tough pool for the Tokyo Olympic Games in July. The African representatives will face off with reigning European champions and Rio 2016 silver medalists Serbia and two-time Olympic champions Brazil in Pool A.
The Kenyan girls will also face hosts Japan, Korea and the Dominican Republic as they return to the Olympics for the first time since 2004.
Head coach Paul Bitok has admitted this will be a tough call for his girls, but believes they stand a chance to win at least a match or two for the first time ever.
“Serbia and Brazil are in a class of their own and honestly those two will be very tough games. They are some of the best teams in the world. Korea is also a very top team and it will not be easy but we will definitely go there to give a good account of ourselves,” Bitok said.
He added; “I think against Japan and the Dominican Republic we stand a good chance because as much as they are ahead of us, we have a good squad that is capable of getting a result. We faced Japan at the World Cup and we even led a set against them. It was only the finer details that lacked for us,”
“But for now we have improved a lot and we can work more in training over the next few months to get ready and polish up on our weak areas,” the tactician further explained.
Malkia faced both Serbia and Brazil at the World Cup last year and lost both games by straight sets, but showed they could compete with the two sides.
They also lost to straight sets to the Dominican Republic and Japan, though they pushed the latter to the wall in the final two sets.
Pool A: Japan- Serbia- Brazil- Korea- Dominican Republic- Kenya
Pool B: China- USA- Russia- Italy- Argentina- Turkey