Three players were feated after Kenya ended their eight-year wait for a continental title when they thrashed Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-14).
Malkia Strikers players dominated awards following Kenya’s win at the CAVB Africa Nations Championships in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Thursday.
Kenya ended their eight-year wait for a continental title when they thrashed Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-14) to move closer to qualifying for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
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In their ranks, Kenya had the continent’s three best players with Sharon Chepchumba being crowned the Most Valuable Player, captain Mercy Moim getting the Best Receiver award and Emmaculate Nekesa was named the Best Setter.
Chepchumba was at the centre of all Kenya’s attacks in the entire tournament as coach Luizomar de Moura's side dropped just two sets in the eight matches they played in Cameroon.
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In their highly anticipated final on Friday, August 24, against Egypt, they reigned supreme to also bag the maximum points.
Chumba, as she is popularly known, showed her class in the final again delivering four points for Kenya in the first set when Egypt threatened to upset the African queens.
Moim, meanwhile, earned her team crucial points with a number of aces, aiding Chepchumba’s fierce serves.
Just one of the two surviving members from the Class of 2015 that had lifted Kenya’s last African title, Moim also provided leadership on and off the court which helped push Malkia Strikers to victory.
For Nekesa, it was a great tournament yet again showing how she has filled Jane Wacu’s shoes as Kenya and Africa’s best setter.
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She set up her teammates for crucial spikes that earned them points throughout the event and also delivered when it mattered in the final with key aces. She was also on hand to make key blocks to deny rival teams points.
Kenya are now in the driving seat to qualify for the Olympics as they are the highest-ranked African nation and will need to stay top by June 2024 to seal their ticket to Paris.