NAIROBI, Kenya- Malkia Strikers star Edith Wisa is certainly enjoying her breakthrough season after bagging her third individual award when she was named Sports Journalists Association of Kenya/StarTimes Player of the Month for October on Tuesday.
For a player who has been voted the best blocker twice this year, the sky can only be the limit.
The 24-year-old was named the best blocker during the continental club competition in Monastir, Tunisia in April, before winning the same accolade during the Africa nations Cup-cum World Championships qualifiers held in Cairo, Egypt in October.
The Lugulu Girls alumni, who is currently in her second year pursuing a Bachelors of Commerce degree at the Mount Kenya University (MKU), is keeping her options open should an opportunity to turn professional arise.
“At the end of the day, I want to make the right decision should we get to that point.
“I am so happy with the love and support I am getting from my teammates and coaches. Without them, I could not have made it this far,” reflected Wisa, who is currently training for the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) national playoffs to be held in Mombasa.
“As a player, there reaches a point you want to take your game to the next level. I believe it is not a bad thing to dream big but then never force things to go your way. God’s time is always best,” added the reigning KVF League’s best blocker added.
Wisa, who played a key role in Malkia Strikers’ qualification to the 2018 FIVB World Cup in Japan, reckons that her journey to the top has not been easy given that she has had to juggle between work, school and sports.
“There are times one feels overwhelmed and unable to continue but somehow I have to rise and do all that is expected of me. I don’t have to miss training just because I had a bad day at work,” Wisa added.
To win her latest accolade which she termed as ‘biggest ever’, she beat her teammate Mercy Moim, Kenya Pipeline Authority (KPA) women’s basketball guard Natalie Akinyi and Joyceline Jepkosgei as well as the Kabras Sugar duo of Brian Tanga and Philip Wokorach.
She took home a personalized trophy, 42-inch StarTimes digital television set and KSh100, 000.
Wisa is the fourth recipient of the monthly award after Simon Cherono, Hellen Obiri and Janet Okello.