Kenya Volleyball federation announced the volleyball coach Paul Bitok has been named to guide Kenya team to the Africa Games in Morocco and the volleyball world in Japan 2019.
Former Kenyan international Paul Bitok has hit the ground running just hours into his reappointment as the head coach to national women’s volleyball team Malkia strikers.
Bitok, who recently returned to Kenya after a ten years coaching career with Rwandan national teams was confirmed as Shailene’s Ramdoo’s replacements by Kenya Volleyball Federation on Thursday night.
Bitok takes over from Italian tactician Shailen Ramdoo, who had been seconded to Kenya from world volleyball governing body FIVB, and will have his task cut out as he leads the country to defend the Africa Games title in Rabat, Morocco starting from August 19-31.
“I am pleased to serve my home country in this capacity. I have been away for long I know many things may have changed but we will all need to work together as a team – players, coaches, manager, doctor, and the federation,” said Bitok on Friday in Nairobi.
Kenya and Cameroon are the top-ranked women’s sides while Egypt and Tunisia men’s teams will represent Africa at the World Cup. The women’s competition will run from Sept. 14 to 29, followed by the men’s event from Oct. 1 to 15.
A total of 12 teams participating in the FIVB Men’s & Women’s Volleyball world Cup 2019. Watch FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup 2019 live streaming.
“I take this opportunity to thank KVF for this appointment, I am pleased to serve my home country in this capacity,” said an excited Bitok.
“As you are aware we’ve worked together before but since I’ve been away for long, I know many things may have changed.
“For me to attain your expectations and deliver on my mandate as head coach in the coming competition, we all need to work together as a team, (players, coaches, manager, doctor and KVF). I need each and every one of you to embrace that spirit of teamwork and work for our country.”
The former men’s team captain and KCB coach beamed confidence.
“In the recent encounters in Nations Cup Championship in Italy, you saw our weakness while playing with Cameroon, Belgium, Netherlands and Italy.
“We need to focus on those and perfect them in the next few days, I know these players’ capabilities since I’ve worked with them in many occasions before leaving to Rwanda,” said a confident Bitok.