Kenya: Coach Mulinge Extols Blackie’s Steady Rise in Beach Volleyball


Tokyo, Japan — Kenya’s Olympic beach volleyball coach Sammy Mulinge is singing the praises of Kenya’s new star player Brackcides ‘Blackie’ Agala.

Mulinge sounded quite enthusiastic about Blackie’s steady rise in beach volleyball, and most importantly, her uncanny ability to quickly adjust from normal volleyball tactics to beach volleyball.

“For Gaudencia, we have had a longer time with her. We started with her when she was in Under 23 and she has been playing throughout and participated in many competitions. But for Blackie she came just the other day and I must appreciate her effort,” Mulinge said after seeing through the team in first training.

He added, “This is because we had Naomi (Too) who had an injury and had to sit out, so Blackie came and I was very impressed how she copped as fast with the conditions of beach volleyball. And look now, she has made it to this Olympics. I’m very happy for her and I believe many can come and make good players in the sport.”

Mulinge revealed that due to tough weather conditions, currently hot and humid, they will be training only once a day before their first match on 27th July.

“We will do one session only every day. Before we came here, we had expected this kind of weather. And I must say that in Mombasa when we were training there, we experienced a similar kind of situation. But the humidity wasn’t that intense as is the case here,” Mulinge explained.

The Coach has asked his players to hydrate accordingly.

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