Sandra Wakesa @peoplesport11
Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline volleyball teams dominated the preliminary list released yesterday by the Magharibi Michezo Awards organisers. Prisons Kenya Middle Blocker, Edith Wisa alongside her Kenya Pipeline counterpart, Triza Atuka led the 2017 MMA women’s volleyball nominee list.
Former Lugulu Girls school captain Wisa, was instrumental in Malkia strikers’ second-place finish at the 2017 CAVB, Africa Nations Championship, and qualifying for the 2018 FIVB World Championship to be held in Japan.
The annual award is open to players who have either grown, studied or nurtured their talents in the Western region of Kenya this being, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga Counties. 2016 MMA overall Sports Woman of the year winner Atuka, will offer strong competition for the Award.
Other candidates for the category are former national team and Prisons captain, Braxcides Agala who has been inspirational for both club and country. The young and upcoming setter Veronica Tanui, who featured for both Kenya Pipeline and national junior women’s side to the FIVB U23 World Championships in Slovenia, has also made it to the list.
Kenya Ports Authority’s libero Sam Juma, joins the strong list of ‘Male Player of the Year’ which is dominated by; reigning champions Prisons Kenya and former holders General Service Unit. Unlike the women’s category where middle blockers dominated the list, the men’s race is spread across the court.
The reigning Kenyan Volleyball Federation (KVF) Player of the Year, Jairus Bett Kipkosgei has earned his second consecutive nomination. However, he should expect strong opposition from GSU duo of Boniffentry Mukekhe and Brian Meli, and Juma who made his national team debut last July during the CAVB Zone V World Championship Qualifiers in Rwanda.