The formidable Malkia Strikers of Kenya once again showcased their prowess by clinching the African Championship title in Yaoundé, Cameroon. In a remarkable display of skill and determination, they defeated the home team, Cameroon, with a scoreline of 3:1, and also trounced North Africa’s emerging power, Egypt, in straight sets, 3:0. A significant part of this victory can be attributed to the exemplary performances of our star players. Opposite SHARON CHEPCHUMBA, a two-time MVP, outside hitter VERONICA OLOUCH, MVP once, and setter EMMECULETA NEKESA, all of whom played brilliantly under the guidance of Coach PAUL BITOK. Mr. Bitok has recently been elected as the deputy president of the Kenyan Volleyball Federation, further solidifying his prominent status in the volleyball community. With this victory, Kenya has created a significant lead over its rival, Cameroon, in the FIVB world rankings for the senior women’s category. This positions them advantageously in the race for qualification to the Paris 2024 Olympics. It’s also noteworthy to mention that all these three internationally recognized players have already secured contracts with elite European clubs. CHEPCHUMBA will be playing for PAOK in the top-tier Greek A1 league. OLOUCH has signed with Panionios AO, competing in Greece’s Pre League, and NEKESA will showcase her talent in Turkey’s premier division for Nicer Hotels VC.