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Kenya name provisional squad

July 8, 2005 - Kenya coach David Lung’aho has chosen a provisional group of 18 players for the third and final 2006 Women’s World Championships first round tournament in Africa – Pool B, which will take place in Nairobi, Kenya from July 20-24. Five teams will compete for the last African slot in the prestigious Japan 2006 finals; the organizers Kenya, Algeria, DR Congo, Congo Brazaville and Eritrea

The Kenyan team will include: Esther Jepkosgei (Kenya Pipeline), Janet Wanja (Kenya Pipeline), Jackline Baraza (Telkom), Esther Munyasia (Kenya Commercial Bank), Judith Tarus (Kenya Commercial Bank), Catherine Wanjiru (Kenya Pipeline), Sarah Chepchumba (Kenya Commercial Bank), Emilly Chemutai (Kenya Pipeline), Dorcas Ndasaba(Telkom), Lucy Chege (Kenya Pipeline), Salome Wanja (Kenya Commercial Bank), Asha Makuto (Kenya Pipeline), Judith Serenge (Kenya Pipeline), Violet Barasa(Kenya Commercial Bank), Mercy Wesutila(Kenya Pipeline), Rael Rotich (Kenya Commercial Bank), Phylis Mutembete (Kenya Commercial Bank), Doris Muyeko (Kenya Commercial Bank).
Pic: Kenya at the Olympics
Speaking at Kasarani, coach Lung’aho, who led Kenya Pipeline to a successful title defence of the continental clubs title, said; "Selecting the provisional squad of 18 players was not an easy task since the Africa Cup of Clubs Champions which was held at Kasarani in April unearthed some talented players who proved that they deserve to be in the national team.

“If picking the provisional 18 was a difficult task, come July 17 it will even be more difficult to select the final squad of 12 and it will be up to every player in the team to prove her worth since as coach I will only go for a winning team.

"We will do our best to continue the success of Kenyan women’s volleyball after we qualified for the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004 as well as to the 2002World Championship," concluded Paul Bitok, the team trainer.

The tournament will be played at a rate of two matches per day over five days with many local and international journalists expected to cover the event.

Journalists wishing to attend are advised to collect accreditation forms from the Kenya Volleyball Federation Press Officer at the federation’s secretariat at Nyayo National Stadium since only accredited journalists will be given bibs to allow them have access to the Press Area and Press Centre for interviews after every match.