Kenya women’s national volleyball team Malkia Strikers have maintained their top position in Africa following the latest FIVB rankings released on Monday.
Globally Kenya now sits in position 24 two places ahead of rivals Cameroon who are 26th.
In the previous release, the East Africans were ranked in position 23 one place ahead of rivals Cameroon who were 24th.
FIVB Senior Ranking- Women 🌐
🗓️ June, 1, 2021
24- Kenya 🇰🇪
26- Cameroon 🇨🇲
36- Algeria 🇩🇿
44- Egypt 🇪🇬
45- Senegal 🇸🇳
64- Morocco 🇲🇦
75- Botswana 🇧🇼
79- Tunisia 🇹🇳
90- Congo DR 🇨🇩
90- Uganda 🇺🇬
— CAVB (@CAVBPress) June 1, 2021
The ranking comes in the wake of Kenya having sealed the sole ticket reserved for Africa to the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
The development saw Kenya return to Olympics after 16-year hiatus as they overpowered hosts Cameroon, Egypt, Botswana and Nigeria during the Africa Olympic qualifiers last month. Kenya last participated in the Summer Games in 2004 in Athens.
However, Kenya is the highest ranked nation from African Volleyball Confederation with 180 points thanks to their participation in the African Games, Africa Cup of Nations, Intercontinental Olympics qualifier as well as World Cup.
Kenya is followed by Cameroon who have 171 points while Algeria wrap up the top three positions with 116 points. Egypt and Senegal are placed fourth and fifth with 110 points each respectively.
Team captain and left attacker Mercy Moim has emphasized on the need for the team to post impressive results in Tokyo adding that they will be in Japan to compete and not just make up the numbers this time round.