Women's African Championship helps coaches to search of fresh talents

19 June 2015

Nairobi, Kenya, June 18, 2015- With the women's Volleyball Africa Cup of Nation Championships folding up the curtains on Saturday, the event has given bare platform to coaches to scout for fresh talents ahead of the new FIVB calendar.


 Among the coaches that have made their intentions known are the France based coach Toubani Atman who is in Nairobi and is attached to club Charmalier and national team assistant coach Japheth Munala who double up as Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) reigning national league champions Kenya Pipeline head coach.


Atman who signed Kenya Prisons women's volleyball club duo of Jane Wacu (setter) and centre blocker Praxidise Agala last year before their contract elapsed in May, said he wants to acquire more players from Kenya.


Chamaliers has five foreign players from Kenya and Cameroon and Atman who has been with club for 16 years praised hid foreign legion whom he signs out for playing a major role in the clubs recent good performance.


"The five players played a major role in our promotion to division one from division two at the end of the last season. I want to bolster the squad ahead of the new season that serves off in October," noted Atman.


He continued," I hope that they-Wacu and Agala will renew their contract. Kenya is a powerhouse in Volleyball in Africa which have continued to churn out good players and that's why I am here."


 Among the other players who feature for Charmalier club from Cameroun include left attacker Moma Bassoko, right attacker Tchoudjang Nana and centre player Fotso who are both playing for the Cameroon national team in the ongoing championship.


Speaking after attending the afternoon training session of the Cameroun team, Atman revealed that he was interested in signing a right attacker from the Kenya team.


"That department was our main undoing in the last season and so am keen on that position. However, that does not tie me to only Kenya side, but also Cameroun and any other players from other nations." observed the coach who leaves the country on Sunday.


Kenyan players who stand a strong chance in that position and are possible targets include Lydia Maiyo from Kenya Prisons and Esther Wangeci from Kenya Pipeline.


Meanwhile Munala has his eyes set on Botswana left attacker Tracy Chaba.Munala singled out Chaba whom he said has staged good performance in the entire championship and will definitely be happy to have her services.


"I will hold the meeting with my club management to discuss the development and if the deal goes through  definitely we will have her next season." noted  Munala of the player who weighs 75Kg with 185 height


Reached for comment, Chaba said, " Yes am aware a certain club in Kenya is interested in me. I would love to play in Kenya as the league here is competitive. However, I will have to listen to the offer first and decide the way forward ."


By Agnes D.Makhandia, Sports Reporter from Kenya


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