The national women’s volleyball team Malkia Strikers setter Jane Wacu has announced her retirement from playing for the national team in a bid to give an opportunity to the upcoming talent to also showcase their talent and pursue other ventures.
The 36 year old long serving player has had an illustrious career having featured locally for reigning Kenya volleyball Federation National League champions Kenya Prisons besides enjoying professional stints in France and Seychelles.
“My aim was to do the Olympics then take a break to pursue other ventures and I feel it’s the right time for that but this is not the end of me on the volleyball stage. I have done it all. I have played in every international events that any athlete would have loved to I gave my all the best way I could and take pride in the fact that during my reign, the team conquered some historic events among them the 2015 FIVB World Grand Prix in Australia,” she said.
The former Tetu High School superstar disclosed she is ready to offer mentorship role to the budding players to help them sharpen their skills to become better players in future.
She is also expected to enrol for a coaching course level Two, having completed FIVB level One course away in Seychelles ahead of her future bid to oversee the coaching of the national team.
“I’m taking a break for now but who knows what the future holds.Let them reach out to me when they need direction or help in the sport. When I started to play in 2006, I was also guided and moulded to who I’m today. It will be mean of me not to extend help as well,” she added.
Wacu has participated in all the international events including multiple African Nations Cup Championships, World Cup, World Championships, Grand Prix, African Clubs Championships, World Clubs Championship and recently participated in the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.
With the exit of Wacu, it remains to be seen who will fit in her shoes with Kenya Prisons Joy Lusenaka, Kenya Pipeline Esther Mutinda and KCB Women’s Volleyball Team Emmaculate Nekesa all in fray.