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Pipeline place Sh 10 million price tag on star players

Kenya Pipeline volleyball club has placed a Sh 10 million price tag on two of the side’s star players, amid reported interest from a top Egyptian club.

The duo, Noel Marambi and Ruth Jepng’etich, were informally approached by Egyptian club Al Ahly last month, in the wake of impressive performances both for their club in the title winning league campaign last season, and with the national team at the FIVB Grand Prix in Mexico and Croatia last June.

Kenya Pipeline team manager Kashujaa Onyonyi however insists the team will not let the two players go on the cheap.

“Nobody has formally approached me, but I hope these admirers have deep pockets, and here am talking about Sh 5 million per player (as transfer fees),” Onyonyi told Nairobi News.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

“We have spent three seasons training these girls, now they are national champions, so there is no way we will strengthen a rival team cheaply two months before we head for the Africa Club Championships.”

The team has in the meantime commenced training at the Kenya Pipeline grounds in Embakassi ahead of the 2015 Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) league campaign that will kick off next month.

Noel Marambi of Kenya Pipeline in training at Kasarani
Noel Marambi of Kenya Pipeline in training at Kasarani

Onyonyi says the team is seeking to retain the league title, and as well reclaim the continental gong after a five year hiatus.

The club which is under the tutelage of assistant national team coach Japheth Munala, has offered trials to three players, Gladys Sang – who is an alumnus of Mutei Girls High School – Emma Yego (AIC Kosirai High School) and KCB’s Jacinta Mweni with a view to offering them contracts.