Veteran Kenyan indoor volleyball player Braxcides Agala will have what could be a final shot at the Olympics along the nine-kilometre sandy beaches of Agadir City when Morocco host the Africa Beach Volleyball Olympic qualifiers.
Agadir, a prefecture of the Souss-Massa economic region, will stage Africa Beach Volleyball Continental Cup from June 21-28.
Agala, who was omitted from the Kenyan indoor team, that is set to depart for Japan on July 6, will be among close to 50 African players who will battle it out for the two slots reserved for Africa in Tokyo.
Agala has been an integral part of the Kenya women’s national team — the reigning African Games champions.
But the veteran centre blocker who made her national team debut in early 2000 now has a second chance to try secure her first Olympic appearance.
Olympic is perhaps the only championship that Gala, a Kenya Prisons wardress, has never taken part in close to two decades of dedicated service to her country.
The Kenyan team of eight players is scheduled to depart for Morocco on the June 18, 2021.
The team (four men and the same number of women) have been in a residential training camp in Mombasa for over two weeks in readiness for the crucial qualifying tournament.
The squad is under the tutelage of former Rwandan Beach volleyball coach Sammy Mulinge.
Kenya will be hoping to book her maiden appearance at the planetary games set to kick off on July 23.
The tournament, hosted by the Royal Moroccan Volleyball Federation, will be held in a secure bubble conforming to all Covid-19 guidelines.
Twenty-four (men) and 17 (women) national teams are expected to compete for the sole continental spot for the reschedule 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo later in the year
Kenya Full squad – Women
Full squad – Men