KCB downs Senegal’s Salitigue to end pool B on a high

Defending champions KCB wrapped up their pool campaign at the 2023 Women’s African Volleyball Club Championship in Tunisia on a high beating Salitgue of Senegal 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-15) at the indoor gymnasium in Grombalia, Tunisia.

In winning their first three matches since Saturday, the Bankers topped Pool B but will have to wait until tomorrow to know their next opponents for this week’s round of 16.

All in all, they carry an air of confidence into the crucial knockout stage as they aim to rack up back-to -back titles in Tunisia. In today’s match, KCB oozed confidence from the shrill of the first whistle; tormenting the Senegalese side with their signature hard-hitting antics which stood out on all the three sets.

The Japheth Munala led girls have so far played their hearts out in Tunisia, more so, in their opening two matches which took place at Nabeul’s indoor gymnasium.

Following yesterday evening win, KCB team’s technical advisor Paul Bitok extolled the girls for their resilience. But he urged them not to rest on their laurels.

“We are taking it match after match and we will treat our round of 16 fixture as any other match. We don’t want to underate any team in the knockout stage because if we stumble, we fall,” Bitok emphasized, adding: “We’ll continue to focus on the next two matches (round of 16 and quarters) and see how it goes.”

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The former KCB attacker and Kenya international – who savored a stint in Tunisia and Croatia- expressed gratitude for the team’s new players Juliana Namutira and Esther Mutinda.

Bitok continued: “Juliana is combining well with Moim. Belindah (Barasa Najnala) is also making a great combination with Mutinda. Our weakness has always been reception, which is now working out very well.”

The former Kenya international has also extolled the blend of young buddying players and their seasoned counterparts for a working court formation.

“The young and seasoned players have also come in handy here in Tunisia as both are now matching up very well. I give credit to out new setter Esther Mutinda Kamene; she has really changed the game for KCB.”

“We are now playing faster than ever before. Moim is still a great player and a mentor to the youngsters; her experience is playing out in the team’s set up. She continues to push the team to greater heights,” Bitok noted.

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