Volleyball World Cup: Brazil Applaud Wounded Kenyan Team Despite Humiliating Defeat

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Brazil Women Volleyball team head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes. [Photo: Courtesy]
Brazil Volleyball team head coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes says Kenyan team Malkia Strikers has what it takes to pose a challenge in the sport going forward despite their dismal performance at the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup in Japan.

Kenya lost to Brazil 3-0 on Wednesday but speaking after the match, Roberto pointed out strong points of the Paul Bitok-coached outfit expressing his excitement in playing against an African side of Malkia Strikers’ calibre.

“I was happy to play Kenya as a representative of Africa. They are improving a lot. In this match, they improved their service and attacking from sharp angles and that was good,” he said.

Brazil captain Fabiana Claudino, on the other hand, revealed the tricks they used to beat Kenya. “We knew that Kenya had strong attackers so we had to deal with that and we did that successfully, which enabled us to win. We were able to find our rhythm and control the game,” she said.

Malkia Strikers have lost all their matches at the tournament. They first fell to the USA on the opener before going down to the Netherlands on the second day. Their attempt to beat Serbia before taking a one-day break also failed, then came Brazil who walloped them 3-0.

On Thursday morning, Kenya received another humiliating beating against Argentina. They registered 14-25,19-25 and 15-25.

Focus now shifts to Kenya’s fifth match of the tournament where they will meet the Dominican Republic on Sunday, September 22.

The 2019 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup started on Saturday, September 14, and will run till Sunday, September 29.

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