All smiles, dance as triumphant Malkia Strikers jet back

Song and dance engulfed Jomo Kenyatta International airport that marked the return of national women volleyball team Malkia Strikers.

The jubilant reception at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Malkia Strikers were welcomed by Ministry of Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia, among other ministry officials alongside Kenya Volleyball Federation officials led by chairman Waithaka Kioni, 1st and 2nd vice chairman Charles Nyaberi and David Kilundo as well as treasurer Kenneth Tonui and his assistant Moses Mbuthia

A jubilant crowd, led by traditional dancers, braved the the cold weather at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to welcome the team, less than 24 hours after they ended a 16-year wait for qualifying for the Olympics with a 3-0 win over Nigeria in their last match of the qualifiers in Yaounde.

Team coach Paul Bitok said he is aware the Olympics is a different script altogether but said he has good program that if adapted Kenya might pull surprises.

The Malkia Strikers now join hosts Japan, Serbia, China, United States of America, Brazil, Russia and Italy who have already qualified for the Games.

The eight nations will be joined by winners from Asian, European, South American and North American qualifiers.

Kenya last participated in the Olympics in 2004 in Athens while Cameroon represented the continent during the 2016 Rio Games.

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