Malkia Strikers head coach Paul Bitok has, unexpectedly, announced the dropping of volleyball ace and long-serving national women’s volleyball team setter Janet Wanja, from the squad that will do duty in the African Olympic qualifiers next month.
In a statement, Bitok has made the bold decision after waiting for the Kenya Pipeline player at the national residential camp to no avail.
Wanja and fellow setters Jane Wacu and fast-rising Esther Mutinda, had not reported to the Kasarani camp for two weeks but the latter two joined the team after a follow-up. Wanja continued to stay out forcing the veteran coach to crack the whip.
“As coach of National team, due to recent communication with one of my critical players, I would like to announce that the team will miss the services of our vastly experienced and veteran setter Janet Wanja due to personal commitments.
“As a result, she will not be able to join the team for training and the upcoming Olympic Qualifiers in Cameroon between January 3rd and 10th, 2020. The team and I are very thankful for Wanja’s services all through. Coupled with her experience she is always very committed, smart and a natural leader!
“Wanja remains one of the best and experienced setters Kenya has ever had. As contingency Wacu, Esther and Joy who play in a similar position will be mooted to fill her shoes for this upcoming qualifiers.
“I have a lot of confidence that the players and rest of the team will put essential effort while Wanja is away. I further urge KVF to register youth and junior players for future CAVB/FIVB competition as this will allow for smooth transition and succession of senior team players.
“Once again, I am personally grateful to have worked with Wanja, I am looking forward to future national duties with her,” Bitok’s statement read.