Kenyans optimistic ahead of match with Puerto Rico


Kenya relied on a strong defense at the net to dispatch Algeria

San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21, 2016 – Kenya’s coach David Lungaho and captain Mercy Moim both showed optimism for Sunday’s match against Puerto Rico as the African team kept alive their Olympic hopes after defeating Algeria in four sets on Saturday afternoon.

David Lungaho, coach of Kenya: It was very important for us winning today and we look forward to win over Puerto Rico. We know it will be tough but nothing is impossible. Algeria has grown as a team and that player number 11 (Abderrahim) was really impressive today with her spikes. She has a terrific talent.

Mercy Moim, captain of Kenya: After losing on Friday we decided to concentrate better and came in today well focused and we will be focused for tomorrow’s match looking for the qualification to the Olympic Games.

Belacel Mohamed, coach of Algeria: It is the second time this team faces Kenya and I am satisfied with our improvement. The experience and strength of Kenya proved to be important. I feel satisfied with our job. Player No. 11 is only 17-years-old and she only needs experience. That’s what we want to get.

Nawal Mansouri, player of Algeria: It was a better game for us today but our middle blockers are too young and made many mistakes. We had a bad service game and that was a negative for us.

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