Kenya’s hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Volleyball Olympic Games in Brazil started on a low note after they lost 3-0 to Colombia in the ongoing World Qualifiers in Puerto Rico on Saturday morning.

Head coach David Lung’aho started with Triza Atuka and Edith Mukuvilani in the middle while, Mercy Moim and Everlyne Makuto manned the reception with setter Jannet Wanja played opposite to Violet Makuto, Kenya lsot the first set 25-14,

The only change in the set was Noel Murambi who started ahead of Everlyne Makuto, but again Colombia proved to be strong as they won 25-15 and the third 25-13.

That wasn’t the start head coach David Lung’aho was expecting but also one he surely had no solution for.

Our match against Colombia is one I don’t want to remember because we played badly. We were very poor in our attack execution and made also many unforced errors.

Triza Atuka and Khadambi Brackcides were Kenya’s best performers with six and eight points respectively in a game they predominantly relied on attack to score points.

We could see fatigue in the team which I think is brought about by the congested programme we have had since last year. Colombia were composed in their game and forced us to play to their game

Lung’aho added before giving his thought about their next opponents Algeria who lost in straight sets (25-10, 25-11, 25-12) against the hosts Puerto Rico.

We hope that we are going to improve today against Algeria and win to boost our morale. Generally there is nothing lost we just need to focus and bring ourselves back.

This is a repeat of last year’s African Championship final when Kenya proved too strong (3-0), the same year they also met at the 2015 World Cup (3-0 Kenya win) and the 2015 World Grand Prix (3-2 Kenya win).

The last time Algeria won against Kenya at a world-level tournament came at the 2011 World Cup when Algeria won 3-1.

We still believe in the team and we will continue to psych them, we still haven an open chance though dependent on how we play and also the results of the other teams

Only one team out of Kenya, Algeria, Colombia and Puerto Rico will join the other 11 teams that have already qualified for the Olympics.

Kenya have participated twice at the Olympic Games. They finished joint-11th in both 2000 and 2004.

The Malkia Strikers are one of the two African teams that have participated at the Olympic Games alongside Algeria; both teams are yet to win a match at the Olympic Games.

Kenya failed to qualify in 2008 and 2012 after finishing second at the African Olympic Qualification, both times behind Algeria.

This year the nine time African Champions finished in third place at the African Olympic Qualification Tournament in February, behind Cameroon and Egypt.

FIVB World Olympic qualifiers Fixtures

21st May
Kenya 0-3 Colombia
Algeria 0-3 Puerto Rico

22nd May
Kenya vs Algeria
Puerto Rico vs Colombia

23rd May
Kenya vs Puerto Rico
Algeria vs Colombia

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