Sila Kipruto challenges Kenyan volleyball men to go ‘pro’

  • Kenyan international Sila Kipruto, who is away with Al Jawa men’s volleyball club in Saudi Arabia, has challenged local clubs to release more players to turn professional.
Sila Kipruto

Having more players playing professional leagues is the only way the men’s national team gets out of their women’s counterparts’ shadow that has excelled over the years.

“There are many clubs out there willing to sign players, but it’s unfortunate players back home don’t get released. I hope soon things will change because this is the only way to go if the team was to excel. I believe Kenya has immense talent and what we lack are experience and exposure,” said the 27 years old.

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The men’s team has recorded disappointing results with their last outing being the African Games Zone Five qualifiers staged at the Kasarani Indoor Arena last year. Egypt won the sole ticket to Rabat, Morocco as Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda all fell by wayside.

Asked about his future at the Al Jawa club, Sila who can play both as a right and left attacker, said he is hopeful that his contract will be renewed, but was quick to note he will avail his services to his mother club Kenya Prisons first ahead of the playoffs.

“I missed last year’s playoffs and I hope to be part of the team this time around as we push to reclaim the trophy we last won in 2016. I believe I have gained a lot that will be helpful to the team,” said Kipruto.


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Kenya Prisons finished third behind Kenya Ports Authority and champions and nemesis General Service Unit.

He felt unfortunate that everything is halt amid the covid19 outbreak. However, Sila also took the chance and called on Kenyans to adhere to decisive government acts to fight and curb the coronavirus outbreak.

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