Kenyan captain Brackcides Khadambi in her first match of the 2010 World Championship against Brazil
Hamamatsu, Japan, October 30, 2010- Since she was a child and liked volleyball as a sport her dream was to play once against the world number 1 Brazil; and in Japan 2010 her dreams became realistic when the Kenyan captain Brackcides Khadambi led her team against world number 1 Brazil in their opening pool B match in Hamamatsu on Friday.
“Really it was a big dream to play Brazil that we were only watching their matches rarely through the TV but today the most important lesson is that we played good volleyball against them and this is a good message to all the African players that we can do it at the world level,” Said Khadambi after their match against Brazil that showed their first defeat in a straight sets.
“Although we lost the match but we showed in a frequent moments in the match that there is no big difference between us except may be they are taller than us. We don’t have enough training and even it wasn’t easy for us to prepare well for this big competition with the big lack of the infrastructure in our country,” she added.
Khadambi had a previous experience to play in Europe when she played one season in Bursaklar club in Turkey in 2008.
“It was a great experience to play there and I have got a lot of techniques when I played in Europe, but to play outside Africa we have to participate regularly in the world class competitions like this. I remember well that I had the chance of playing at the world level for the first time when I played my first big tournament here in Japan; it was the World Cup 2007. I remember well at that time we played Brazil but we lost with a wider point deficit than this time.”
Khadambi plays now for the African club champions Prisons of Kenya that will represent Africa in the upcoming FIVB Club World Championship next December.
“It is a new chance for me to play in this prestigious competition and see the best players at the club level all over the world.”
Khadambi is now working as a soldier in Kenya Prisons to which her club belongs. She graduated from Kenya Prisons Academy in 2006 to work there but now the life is different for the 26 years old Kenyan captain. “I need now to play outside Africa after the Club World Championship in December. It will be another good chance to improve.