Nairobi, Kenya, 2th March 2021. Jane Wacu is Kenya’s best ever setter and has been included in Roster 100 for the World’s best players in the last decade.
She has been setting balls to Kenya’s best attackers for the better part of one-and-a-half decades, but is now coming up against the biggest challenge in her career, hoping to lead the African side at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Kenya failed to make the dream come true when they tried and failed for Beijing 2008, and again for London 2012, and yet again for Rio 2016. But this time around the dream is materializing, after they grabbed the African spot earlier this year at the continental qualifiers for Tokyo 2020.
“My biggest dream has always been to represent my country in the Olympics and after we qualified in January that was one of my biggest moments,” said the 35-year-old. “I have donned Malkia Strikers colours since 2006 in many international assignments, save in Olympic Games, and the opportunity to achieve my dream is there.”
Her original plans to retire have been put on temporary hold after the Games were shifted to 2021.Wacu, a Kenya Prisons Inspector and a member of that institution’s world renowned volleyball team (around stints in France and most recently in the Seychelles), has been everywhere.
“I had planned to do other things after the Olympics and pave the way for other upcoming players in the team, but due to the coronavirus pandemic I have decided to put on hold that ambition so that I can focus well for the Olympics,” she said speaking to Nairobi’s ‘Citizen’.
She’s played in the FIVB Championships, she’s competed in the FIVB World Cup – not to mention the numerous times she’s guided the ‘Malkia Strikers’ through gruelling continental competitions.
The rescheduled Olympics are now only a few months away and Africa’s volleyball queen has her mind set on making her last stand in Tokyo. And although she seems to have plans to help a younger generation reach new heights, Jane Wacu’s departure will leave the sport poorer.https://bit.ly/3cfzW0o