FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

TEAM COMPOSITION

 KEN / Kenya - Team Composition

 
Team manager Edward KISAKA
Head coach Paul BITOK
Assistant coach David LUNGAHO
Doctor Mary KALENYWA
Therapist / trainer Peter NDUHIU
Journalist Celestine KARONEY
 
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block
  2 Everlyne Makuto Makuto E. 25.08.1990 181 64 328 308
  4   Esther WANGESHI WANGESHI 22.03.1990 180 73 302 296
  5 Diana Khisa Diana 26.05.1987 180 72 305 300
  6   Ruth JEPNGETICH Ruth 09.04.1990 186 74 0 0
  7 Jannet WANJA WANJA 24.02.1984 175 59 299 287
  9   Roseline ODHIAMBO ODHIAMBO 11.03.1981 179 71 280 264
  10 Noel MURAMBI MURAMBI 29.01.1989 178 68 0 0
  12   Lydia MAIYO MAIYO 03.11.1988 185 75 325 315
  14 Mercy Moim Moim 01.01.1989 183 72 320 308
  C 15   Brackcides Khadambi Blaque 14.05.1984 180 70 310 306
  L 16 Judith Tarus Tarus 26.06.1986 170 60 260 256
  20   Florence BOSIRE BOSIRE 26.09.1988 175 60 270 255
 C=Captain  L=Libero
 
Team profile

The Kenyan women’s team was formed in 1987 for the 4th All-Africa Games in Nairobi. Despite their inexperience, they took the silver medal and since then have represented Africa at five FIVB World Championships (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010), three FIVB World Cups (1991, 1995, 2007) and two Olympic Games (2000, 2004). However, the team has had little to write home about in terms of achievement on the global stage, largely due to the lack of exposure their players have outside of Africa.

With a young squad, the players look to captain Bracksides Khadambi for inspiration. The veteran has played professionally in Turkey and Japan and has brought much to the team in recent years. However, filling the shoes of former captain Dorcas Ndasaba – now player/coach at Rwanda Revenue Authority – has been difficult for the side, but many believe that Khadambi has already stepped into the role admirably.

Kenya have a number of talented players, including setter Janet Wanja, left attackers Lydia Maiyo and Mercy Moim, the ever-improving Everline Makuto and libero Judy Tarus who Kenya fans hope will help their side register only their second win at the FIVB World Cup. Kenya’s triumph over Egypt in the 1995 edition is the countries only victory in an FIVB tournament.

Coach profile

Former Kenyan star player Paul Bitok, 37, was appointed Kenya coach for the first time for the World Cup in what was a late call up. Bitok, who led the Kenya women’s juniors at the 2009 World Championship, replaced David Lungaho, who is now the assistant coach. Bitok played for the national team for 11 years and professionally in Tunisia and Croatia before going into coaching where he was the assistant coach at the 2006 World Championship but after recently working in Rwanda, his aim now is to see Kenya collect only their second win outside of Africa.