Kenya Pipeline coach Paul Gitau reveals secret behind team's success

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VOLLYEBALL Kenya Pipeline coach Paul Gitau reveals secret behind team's success

Abigael Wafula 07:21 - 28.02.2023

Pipeline won the league title after thrashing KCB 3-1 in the end-of-season playoffs last month.

Kenya Pipeline head coach Paul Gitau has revealed investing in young players is what has propelled the team to display remarkable results in the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) women's National League.

Pipeline won the 2022-2023 league title after thrashing KCB 3-1 at the end of season play-offs back in January. This saw them reclaim the title they had last won in 2017.

With the win, they automatically qualified for the African Club Championships which will serve off on Saturday 13 May and end on Friday 26 May in Tunisia.

The oil merchants also maintained their hot streak in the first leg of the KVF women’s national league which was held over the weekend (February 25 and 26) at the Nyayo National Stadium indoor gymnasium.

In their opening match, the reigning champions made their title defense quest public by edging Nairobi Prisons 3-0 in straight sets of 25-13, 25-18, and 25-21.

In their second match, they defeated the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-15).

“I started with a young team and I believe that is what has built our resilience over time. Grooming a player to be the best is not through volleyball quotes or pure training, it is through competition.

If you can’t incorporate the young ones in your team to compete, then they can’t grow. I believe in nurturing young talent,” Gitau said.

He noted that he had registered 22 young turks and said he wants to mold them to become dependable players.

Gitau added that being champions has never been easy considering every team will want to beat them.

“To resist the losses, you have to be ready at all times to play and win. I am proud of where we are headed,” he added.

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