NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s women’s volleyball team Defense Forces (KDF)
will debut at the world military championships in Canada from
May 26 to June 4.
The team, which
secured the ticket to the global military competition, hopes to
win Kenya its first medal in the discipline.
Kenya claimed the
ticket to the global championships after winning the regional
East Africa military games in Bujumbura.
Head coach Elisha
Aliwa said he is certain the team will surprise their rivals.
“We have several
players who have international experience having played for
Kenya in FIVB competitions like World Cup and world
“They need little
polishing to have their focus on winning the tournament in
Edmonton,” he added.
The world military
championships will also act as a qualifier for next year’s World
Military Games, which will be hosted in Wuhan, China.
“We are trying to
adjust to indoor training since we have been working out in
outdoors only,” said Aliwa.
The draws for the
tournament in Edmonton will be released next week, but Aliwa
singled out hosts Canada, China, Russia and Brazil as some of
the top names to watch out for. The team will depart to Canada
on May 23.
Rotich and Jackline Barasa will lead the strong KDF squad. The
two have been at three FIVB World Cup and world championships
plus several appearances at the Africa Nations Cup.
Others in the squad
are Maureen Agwala, Ednah Chemeli, Monica Chepkorir, Gladys
Etale, Damaris Kamaina, Teresa Maingi, Josephine Rotich and