- The on-form KCB volleyball ladies and Kenya women’s volleyball team ‘Malkia Strikers’ right attacker Sharon ‘Chumba’ Chepchumba believes her best is yet to come. Despite the accolades, she insists that she is just getting started.
Early this year, Chepchumba, former Kwanthanze Secondary School alumna attacker propelled Kenya to a hard-fought win against stubborn home team Cameroon during the African qualifiers for the Olympics.
Chumba had successful outings last with the national team ‘Malkia Strikers’ in assignments, including the women’s Africa Nations Cup in Egypt, Intercontinental Olympic qualifiers in Italy, the African Games in Morocco, and FIVB World Cup in Japan.
“I had a good run last year but I’m not where I want to be. I’m happy that in my first match with the national team last year, my star rose. I want to better, “the 23-year-old said.
The former Kenya Pipeline attacker, who is a natural left attacker but has since been transformed into a right attacker, has turned down the offers from clubs in Turkey, France, Belgium, and recently Cyprus. She insisted that she wants to make a name for herself locally before turning professional.
“I want to build my brand first at home. I have received offers here and there but I’m not keen on making a move just yet. I still have a long way to go as far as the sport is concerned, and I need to learn all the ropes,” Chepchumba said.
Chumba also revealed that she can’t wait to play in the 2020 Olympic Games due in Japan next year. She said the Olympics will be another opportunity for her to showcase her abilities, adding that players should treat the event with the seriousness it deserves.
Malkia Strikers will return to the Olympics after 16-year hiatus. The team saw off Cameroon, Botswana, Nigeria, and Egypt in the qualifiers in Cameroon early this year to claim the sole ticket reserved for Africa at the Olympics.
“Training programs from the national team and clubs have kept me going. I also watch games on YouTube and I observe what I eat, which helps me to maintain my physique. I have missed playing volleyball and I hope coronavirus is contained and normalcy returns so that I can pick up from where I left,” she concluded.