The Kenya junior women’s volleyball team opened their African Games campaign with a 3-1 win over Algeria in Congo Brazaville on Wednesday.
The team had lost the first set 21-25 to the North Africans, but recovered brilliantly in the following three sets, beating their opponents 25-19, 25-25 and 25-23 to make their title intentions known.
Kenya coach Paul Gitau said his team is in good shape and is confident they will do well having got past the first hurdle without hitches.
“We have a good opportunity of winning but Cameroon are our biggest threat. Despite lacking stars, we can do it so we have to believe,” said Gitau.
Kenya is counting on libero Judith Tarus and wing-spikers Leonida Kasaya, Gauencia Makokha and Naomi Too. Meanwhile, Team Kenya’s tennis team of four men and four women at the games is in high spirits ahead of their schedule this weekend.
Coaches Peter Wachira and Rosemary Owino, who have accompanied the team to Congo, have hopes of winning medals in this discipline unlike before, even in the absence of Kenya’s top seed and Britam Open champion Ismael Changawa, who failed to make it because of school commitments.
Tennis Kenya honorary secretary Wanjiru Karani said: “Our captain Caroline Oduor leads a respectable team and we are happy with the status.
The players have trained well and with experienced coaches on board, we can expect some glimmer of hope. We tried to talk to Ismael’s college but nothing positive came out, so we have to do with what we have.”