NAIROBI, Kenya-Malkia Strikers and Kenya Prisons middle blocker; Edith Wisa could not hide her joy after being named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya/StarTimes Player of the Month for October on Tuesday.
Wisa received the gong at the Prisons training ground at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi.
Elated Wisa, whose star keeps shining despite her short stint in the local and international volleyball scene, said the award will energise her to work hard as she prepares to represent Kenya at the World Championships next year in Japan with the Malkia.
“This is my first ever high-profile award, honestly I never expected this,” Wisa told SportPesa News.
“I now believe that in whatever you do, kindly do it to your best. You never know who is watching,” she added.
Wisa was grateful to club, national team coaches and their technical benches for moulding her into becoming a reputable international player.
“This award is a good motivator to me and fellow players as we step up preparations for the volleyball playoffs in Mombasa next month and the World Championships in Japan next year,” the soft-spoken Wisa underscored.
She bagged the award following her outstanding performance during the CAVB Africa Nations Championship cum World Championships qualifiers held in Yaoundé, Cameroon in October.
Apart from leading Kenya to qualify for the global showpiece scheduled for September 2018 in Japan, Wisa was voted the best blocker at the competition which Kenya finished second behind hosts Cameroon.
Others in contention included Malkia teammate and skipper Mercy Moim, Kenya Ports Authority women’s basketball team guard Natalie Akinyi and Joyciline Jepkosgei.
Kabras Sugar RFC duo of Brian Tanga and Philip Wokorach rounded the list.
Wisa received KSh100,000, a trophy and a 42-inch digital television from organisers and is the fourth recipient to win the award after Deaflympics and 10,000m World Record holder Simon Kibai Cherono, women’s world 5000m champion Hellen Obiri and Kenya Lionesses winger Janet Okello.
“Wisa has been outstanding in her exploits and for sure she deserves this special recognition by us,” StarTimes Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Japheth Akhulia noted.
Akhulia’s sentiments were echoed by SJAK’s President Chris Mbaisi who advised Wisa to maintain focus and work toward bettering her career.
Wisa at a glance
– Best blocker at the CAVB Club Volleyball Championships in Tunisia -April 2017
-Reigning Kenya Volley Federation Women’s National League best blocker.
– Best blocker at CAVB Africa Nations Championship cum World Championships qualifiers in Yaoundé, Cameroon – October 2017