NAIROBI, Kenya- Edith Wisa has endured a gradual rise to the top of women’s volleyball since joining former national champions Kenya Prisons four years ago.
Last Saturday, Wisa 23, bagged arguably her biggest individual award as the curtains came down on the CAVB Women’s Africa Nations Championship in Yaounde, Cameroon when she was named the tournament’s best blocker.
Wisa who joined Prisons fresh from the Lugulu Girls High School production line at 19 is still dazed by earning such a glowing recognition after helping Malkia Strikers to silver and a place at the 2018 FIVB World Championships in Japan.
She recalled how Prisons coach; David Lung’aho showed faith in her abilities when he handed her an international debut in 2013.
Wisa was part of a star-studded team that featured the likes of Blackcides Khadambi, Elizabeth Nafula, Mercy Moim, Diana Khisa, Everlyn Makuto, Jane Wacu, Salome Wanjala, experienced middle blockers; Joan Chelagat and Dorcas Jepleting as well as right attacker, Esther Mwombe.
“It was special to be named in the Prison’s team for the FIVB World Club Championships that was held in Zurich, Switzerland in 2013. That was my breakthrough,” she recalled.
Four years down the line, she has established herself as a mainstay in the Prisons and national squad and despite failing to land a 10th continental title last weekend, Wisa and Prisons teammate; Moim who is also the Malkia captain shone for Kenya.
Moim was named the best spiker to join Wisa in the team of the tournament as Malkia crashed to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 29-27) defeat to Cameroon in the final.
“Nobody in the team is happy we lost in the final after our performance to get there. We have to pick ourselves up and plan for next year’s World Championships,” Wisa added.
“We will come up against the best teams from all over the world. My prayer is to be given sufficient time to train and get ready for the championships,” the blocker underscored.
Malkia are expected back in the country on Tuesday morning.