Kenya?s Janet Wanja sets up an attack against mauritius during their Africa Cup of Nation at Kasarani Gymnesium on June 12, 2015.PHOTO/DENNIS OKEYO
After grueling encounters in the preliminary stage, it has now come down to the last four, as search for a slot to this year?s World Cup in Japan intensifies with each match.
Hosts Kenya, Cameroon, Senegal and Algeria have stood out as the championship?s best and with the final slated for Saturday, then the adrenaline is almost hitting fever pitch.
The never-say-die Senegal will get the awaited action underway at 2pm against 2009 Africa champions, Algeria, before paving way for the Kenya versus Cameroon match at 4pm.
Although Kenya?s Malkia Strikers look invincible and go into the match as favourites (they have won the African title an impressive eight times), head coach David Lung?aho is wary of the threat posed by the West Africans.
?Cameroon have been improving game by game and it is going to be a fantastic challenge. But we are motivated by the fact that we have come up against stronger teams before and we know how to handle any of our opponents,? Lung?aho said.
?We have worked on our weaknesses during the rest day and I believe we can qualify for the finals so long as we remain focused, play to our potential and give it all.?
The Kenyan queens are yet to drop a set in the championship and with the finish line in sight, the players know too well that they can not relent in their quest.
?It feels great to have won all our group matches without dropping a single set. But we will not be carried away by that performance.
Our target is to retain the cup and that is why we are taking one game at a time,? said middle blocker Ruth Jepngetich.
But having put in their best showing so far against Tunisia in a decisive group B match on Monday, where they won 3-2 against the North African, Cameroon coach Akono Jean Rene says it will not be walk in the park against their more fancied opponents.
? Of course,, Kenya are favourites, but I have a team that only had a week to prepare for the championship and it has been improving with every match played.
We are ready to face any team,? Rene said.
?We are not expecting anything much, but being a normal competition, anything is possible.?
By Rodgers Eshitemi, The Standard