President Uhuru Kenyatta has congratulated KCB Women’s Volleyball team for clinching the African club championship title in Kelibia, Tunisia on Tuesday night.
Led by veteran volleyball coach Japheth Munala, the Kenyan girls beat Egyptian giants Al Ahly 3-1 in a hard-fought final to become the first Kenyan club to win the title in 9 years. KCB last won the title in 2006 while Kenya Prisons clinched it in 2013.
Veronica Adhiambo, Mercy Moim, Sharon Chepchumba, and Emmaculate Nekesa commanded the banker’s onslaught for goals in the win which saw Kenya lead 2-0 before the Egyptians took the third set.
KCB would respond stronger in the fourth set which they narrowly won to end Kenya’s nine-year championship drought.
The bankers lost against the same opponent in the 2009 final in Nairobi and team Technical Director Paul Bitok was impressed to lift the title after years of waiting.
“We have waited for this trophy for a long time and I’m happy that we are the African champions. We want to continue being a professional club and we hope to bring more players on board.
I want to thank coach Munala and his assistant David Muthui for a fantastic job,” said Bitok.
“I also appreciate Moim, Chepchumba and Wisa for winning individual awards,” he added.
KCB had on Monday knocked out Kenya Pipeline 3-0 in the semifinals to reach the finals.
At the same time, the Kenya Pipeline volleyball team also secured bronze in the women’s Africa Club Champions home sider coming from behind to record a nail-biting 3-2 win (20-25,25-23,19-25,25-23,15-11) over home side Carthage.