Janet Wanja who announced her retirement from international volleyball for Kenya on Tuesday has slammed youthful players for the national teams and Clubs as she raised her worry that Kenya would miss out on being dominant in the region unless players changed their attitude.
As she exits the stage, Wanja, 33 has raised the red flag on the bleak future of Kenya volleyball and at the same time, challenged the young players to raise their standards if Kenya is to find somebody who fill in the huge galley she will be leaving behind.
"Majority of these young players like easy life," continued Wanja.
"They don't want to train hard to rightfully earn their positions in the squad and my fear is, when I retire and Wacu (Jane) follows, our team will struggle," cautioned Wanja who formed a formidable partnership with her Kenya Prisons counterpart, Wacu, the most recognisable pair in the national team.
"As much as we want young players to come in, if they will not put in enough effort in training and have that self discipline, then we'll not go far. To those saying that we are old just because we've played for so many years for the national team, they should also challenge these young players to work hard to earn their positions, not being favoured just because they are young. Age is just a number," she advised.
"Even though many people are criticising coaches that they are not doing enough to recruit young players, for me we have so many young players, the right height but in my opinion, are pampered and don't know the meaning of hard work."
Grandprix withdrawal sad
Wanja termed the withdrawal of Malkia Strikers from the Grand Prix as 'sad'
"It is sad for the young players because this was their chance to get that much needed exposure. If we start missing such chanaces, then it's so sad,"
Kenya Volleyball Federation witthdrew from Grand Prix citing insufficient funds to purchase the air tickets for the three nation trip to Peru, Puerto Rico and Croatia. Besides, Kenya Volleyball Federation are yet to clear the Ksh8 million arrears they owe to Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).