Volleyball queen Jane Wacu steps down from international duties –

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Malkia Strikers’ iconic setter Jane Wacu has retired from the national team to focus on her club career and training.

The 37-year-old has enjoyed an illustrious career serving the nation over the past sixteen years.

She has played in the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships, Africa Cup of Nations, All Africa Games and African Club Championship among others.

“I decided to lift the curtain on my national career even though it was a difficult decision to make. I had the opportunity to wear the national colors and serve the country with distinction. So I stopped the heads held high,” Wacu, who plays for club Anse Royale in the Seychelles, told the Star Newspaper.

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“I did the level one training course. Currently I am taking care of the Sychelles junior boys team. I am also working with a children’s football team. At the moment I do not want to specialize , I want to weigh my options before settling on a domain.

Wacu made her club debut in 2005-2006 when she showed up for Kenya Pipeline.

The Nyeri native, who was named top passer in the 2014 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in Nairobi, worked for Kenyan prisons between 2007 and 2013.

She became a fan favorite and a key cog for the Wardresses and Malkia. Her vintage performance landed her a dream move to France where she played for VBC Chamalières for a year.

Wacu said the decision to retire is long overdue as she wants to create space for the many young passers coming through the ranks. She challenged Emmaculate Nekesa, Faith Imodia and Esther Mutinda to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to the limit in order to reach dizzying heights.

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“The future is bright and the reconstruction process is taking shape. It’s not a question of age. The framework is to play regularly and improve your skills on a daily basis, because experience comes with play.”

“I don’t want to block their progress. I would like to see them enjoy their careers like I did. I want to see them become national team regulars. Nekesa for me has everything. She listens and has a thirst for success.

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