Malkia Strikers star setter Jane Wacu has announced her retirement after playing for the Kenya national women’s volleyball team for a decade and a half (16 years).

Wacu cites creating space for the young and upcoming setters, focusing on her club career and coaching as the main reasons she is quitting the national side.

The 37-year-old veteran was named best setter during the African Cup of Nations qualifiers 2014 in Nairobi. Wacu played for Kenya Prisons between 2007-2013.

Representing Kenya for the highlighted duration, Wacu guided Malkia Strikers in the Olympic Games, World Cup, World Championships, African Cup of Nations, All Africa Games, and African Club Championship among other notable competitions.

“I have decided to bring the curtains down on my national career though it has been a tough decision to make.  I have had the opportunity to don the national colours and serve the country with distinction. So I quit with my head high, ” Wacu who plays for Anse Royale club in Seychelles is quoted by The Star.

“I have done Level One coaching course. Currently, I am handling the Junior boys team in Sychelles. I also work with a kids’ football team. At the moment, I don’t want to specialise, I want to weigh my options before settling on one field.”

The Nyeri County native signed and made a debut for Kenya Pipeline in 2005-2006. She also played for VBC Chamalieres for one year in France.

Emmaculate Nekesa, Faith Imodia and  Esther Mutinda are the youngsters tipped to step in the shoes left behind by Jane Wacu.

Malkia Strikers are set to grace the 2022 FIVB World Championships scheduled for September and October this year in Poland and the Netherlands.

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