Malkia Strikers thump Nigeria, qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

By Ondeke Joshua: Thursday, January 9th 2020 at 19:44 GMT +3 | Volleyball and Handball
Malkia Strikers celebrate after beating Cameroon 3-2 during the Africa qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon on January 7, 2020. [Courtesy]

Kenya’s female volleyball team Malkia Strikers, have qualified for the 2020 Volleyball Olympic to be held in Tokyo, Japan in July.

The national ladies’ volleyball team beat Nigerians in three sets 25-15, 25-21 and 25-12 making it to the tournament.

While congratulating the team, Sports PS Ambassador Kirimi Kaberia said: “The Government will ensure Malkia Strikers gets the best preparation before the Olympic games so that they can compete on an equal footing with the other teams.”

“Congratulations to Malkia Strikers for making Kenya proud by qualifying for the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo. We now have three team sports at the Olympics as Malkia Strikers now join rugby Sevens men and women’s teams,” Amb. Kaberia added.

“According to the law, sports federations and the National Olympic Committee are responsible for the qualification process. Once qualified teams become the responsibility of the Government of Kenya,” he said.

The national volleyball team is returning the Olympics after a 16-year hiatus. Kenya last participated at the Games in 2004 in Athens, Greece.

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Malkia won against hosts and main rivals Cameroon with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday

Kenya last met Nigeria at the 2017 Africa Championship where Malkia Strikers defeated the West Africans 3-0.

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