Kenya picks African Games volleyball squad

Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Women's volleyball national team veteran Mary Ayuma is among the 12 players the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) picked on Friday for next month's 8th All Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria.
Ayuma, boasting an 18-year stretch with the team, is a centre player.
Her inclusion in the team is of considerable interest to Kenyans because she brushed aside protocol Tuesday when she complained to the Sports Minister Najib Balala that there were plans to drop her from the squad.
As the minister was having breakfast with the Abuja-bound team in Nairobi, Ayuma walked to the high table and told him that volleyball officials were planning to drop her from the squad She claimed the officials were determined to toss her out and replace and fill the slot with upstarts "without taking into consideration what I have done for the country.
" An apparently surprised minister consulted with the officials before directing that she be included in the team.
Five of the players in the squad, among them captain Dorcas Ndasaba, were in the squad that featured in the 1999 Seventh All Africa Games in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Kenya won gold.
Making the team are Left Attackers Dorcas Ndasaba, Esther Chepkosgei, Asha Makuto; Centres Nancy Lusanji, Margaret Mukoya, Leonidas Kamende; Boosters Judy Serenge, Rhoda Liyali, Mary Ayuma; Right Attackers Lucy Chege and Libero-Mary Wesitula.
Officials are David Lungaho (head coach), Sammy Mulinge (ass coach), Walter Otieno (manager) and Charles Nyaberi (head of delegation).
Volleyball is among the disciplines Kenya will enter in the continental games billed for 4-18 October in the Nigerian capital.

26 septembre 2003 13:55:00

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