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Malkia Strikers to face Red Star Belgrade in build up

Friday, September 16th, 2022 20:25 | By
Malkia Striker's Sharon Chepchumba in training PHOTO/KVF

National women's volleyball team, Malkia Strikers will play Red Star Belgrade women's team on Saturday 17 September from 6pm EAT  in their first friendly match of their camp in Serbia. 

The team is in Belgrade for their last leg of preparations ahead of the global competition set for 23 September to 15 October in Netherlands and Poland. 

Red Star who are the defending Serbia league and Cup champions are expected to give the Luizomar de Moura-coached Malkia a good run before their trip to Netherlands. 

His assistant Paul Bitok is convinced that the team's preparations have been adequate and the final push will take them closer to their targets for the World Championships in the Netherlands. 

"We take these matches in Belgrade as part of our world championships competition since the conditions are the same.  We have had the best preparations and are ready to go. Against Red Star we will be hoping to pick a win as that would set the mood for the players before facing Netherlands in the opener at the competition-proper," Bitok said. 

He continued, "I believe these players are now used to this level of competition seeing as we played ten friendly matches in Brazil. The technical team is hoping that the players put everything they have learned into play for victory as that would be a huge morale booster for the championship." 

Assistant captain Noel Murambi, who is one of the most experienced players in the squad, has also exuded confidence that the team is focused on the task ahead. 

"We expect the Serbian friendlies to be as competitive as what we had in Brazil and that will help us realise the gains we have made and any weak links. As we head to Netherlands, the competition will be tough but we are equal to the task," she said.

Murambi believes that they have prepared adequately to counter their opponents’ strengths. 

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