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Kenya beats Botswana to maintain Olympic dream

DailyNation: Kenya women’s volleyball national team Monday overcame Botswana in straight sets in their second match at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics qualifiers here at the Palais polyvalent des sports Arena.

Following the win, Malkia Strikers lead the standings with six points and face rivals Cameroon in a potential final on Tuesday.

Cameroon play Nigeria in Monday’s second match.

Cameroon has three points from their 3-0 win over Botswana on Sunday, while Egypt,  Nigeria, and Botswana follow in that order.

“I want to appreciate my players for good effort. It was important that we pick maximum points and continue with our journey. Our mission remains to get the ticket to the Olympics and now we head to the Cameroon game with good confidence,” said Bitok.

“I have faced Cameroon twice as a coach and I have beaten them so I hope to continue with that record.  I have also beaten their men’s team at this arena when I was coaching Rwanda so hopefully, I will make history,” Bitok told Nation Sport.

Bitok’s charges returned to Paposy Arena a polished side having started slowly against Egypt in the opener.

Jemimah Siang’u made her first start in the Kenyan jersey as the nine-time African champions displayed free-flowing volleyball to clinch the first two sets.

Bitok rested his regulars in the second set and handed Emmaculate Chemtai, Joan Chelagat, Gladys Ekaru,  and Elizabeth Wanyama an opportunity on the court as every red shirt got a touch of the ball.

Kenya carried its dominance in the third set as the first six returned on court perhaps in preparation for the big one against Cameroon.

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