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Africa’s top attacker Violet Makuto joins KCB to bolster bankers’ squad

KCB’s women volleyball squad has been greatly boosted by the arrival of Africa’s best attacker Violet Makuto as one their key signings ahead of the 2019 season.

Makuto, formerly of Kenya Pipeline, was unveiled on Friday by the club at Kencom House in Nairobi alongside six other new signings.

With these new signings, the 9-time East and Central Africa Champions are now upbeat about their chances of challenging for national and regional titles.

The other new signings are Leonida Kasaya, Noel Murambi, Christine Njambi, setter Veronica Kilabat, Jemima Siangu and left attacker Truphosa Chepkemei.

The players are set to dazzle for KCB when the bankers kick off their preparations for the Africa Club Championship.

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Speaking after the unveiling ceremony, Makuto said she is delighted to join the bankers.

“Discipline is key as well being focused to succeed in volleyball. I’m very happy to join KCB and I’m looking forward to greater performances with the team,” she said.

The left-handed Makuto was voted Malkia Strikers Most Valuable Player last season as well as being named the best attacker in Africa in 2018.

KCB women's volleyball team Patron Judith Sidi Odhiambo (third right, back row), head coach Japheth Munala (left, back row) and the team manager Moses Kimani (left, front row) with the club's newly signed players during the unveiling ceremony on December 14, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY
KCB women’s volleyball team Patron Judith Sidi Odhiambo (third right, back row), head coach Japheth Munala (left, back row) and the team manager Moses Kimani (left, front row) with the club’s newly signed players during the unveiling ceremony on December 14, 2018 in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESY

She also represented Kenya at the 2018 FIVB World Championship in Japan. She is the younger sibling of Kenya Prisons attacker Everlyne Makuto.

Another key signing for KCB is 24-year-old Kasaya who was instrumental in national team duties in Cameroon and Japan World Championship in 2018. The left said she is hopeful of grabbing major honours with KCB.

“I’m really happy to join KCB and I will work hard to put the team on national and global map,” said Kasaya.

REGIONAL TITLES

KCB’s newly appointed head coach and Malkia Strikers coach Japheth Munala said the new squad has the depth to contest for regional titles.

“The current KCB squad has got the best back court defence in Kenya, the new players will complete the remaining puzzle in the blocks and attacks,” said Munala.

Also present at the ceremony was KCB ladies Patron Judith Sidi Odhiambo, who is also KCB Group Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs.

“We are delighted to welcome the new players to KCB, as a bank we are looking forward to a stellar season with the entire KCB Squad,” Ms Odhiambo.