- The Kenyan International Volleyball player, Philip Maiyo has turned to be a coach after retirement. Maiyo has had a rich professional career in volleyball.
Maiyo who is regarded as
the most successful volleyball player in the country joined coaching classes in
preparation for his new role after playing professionally in over 10 countries.
The veteran player is a product of Paul Bitok who is the current coach of
“My retirement is just around the corner and I have to start thinking of what next after playing,” said Maiyo.
Meanwhile, the lanky player urged the Government of Kenya to consider the indoor games to attract more youths into the broad sporting field.
“Volleyball in Kenya has struggled because it is mostly played outdoor yet 90 percent is supposed to be indoor,” he said.
Maiyo who is also the Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) North Rift vice-chairman said that his career as a professional is termed as an indoor while he is required to play outdoor whenever he is in the country.
“While out there, we play indoor but the game in the country is basically outdoor. This makes it very difficult to adopt such a play. The government should build facilities to host big matches but for now, we have to live with such conditions,” he added.
The successful player played in Japan until last year when his contract ended.
“My contract ended in Japan last year and now am free. I want to emulate Bitok (Paul) who has been a very helpful coach in my volleyball career. I know it will not be easy but I am ready for it,” Maiyo confirmed.
With the professional skills of playing volleyball internationally, Maiyo can be a great tool for the budding players in the country.