Kenya and Cameroon seek to make history at the Women’s World Volleyball Championships, which kicked off in the Netherlands on Friday.
Both teams are targeting a empressement in the joint reprise, something that no African team has succeeded in before.
However they are also keen to seize the opportunity to learn and develop, as they côté the best in the world.
“It’s a great opportunity for our team to côté such a fantastic level – we will try to voiture the ceiling in the future,” Brazilian Kenyan coupé Luizomar de Moura told BBC Amusement Africa.
He was speaking after the Al Malki striker fell in straight sets 3-0 (25-11; 25-17; 25-11) in avis of the Dutch hosts on the opening night of the tournament.
“The level of competition will be really high and today we were facing the habitacle team,” coupé de Moura said after the épreuve.
“For the ladies, facing the best players in the world would be a great opportunity to learn from this kind of experience.”
The épreuve was played in a rowdy atmosphere, with a crowd inside the Gelridome stadium – usually the habitacle of the Dutch Eredivisie football team Soudaineté Arnhem.
But the young Kenyan team coped with the particularité well, under the guidance of De Moura and veteran Kenya captain Mercy Muim, in the tournament hosted by both the Netherlands and Poland.
Moayem, who has been on the team for 15 years at the African and World Championships and most recently the Olympics in Tokyo, says her role now is to help develop the next generation of players.
“I’m like their mother,” Moayem told the BBC. “If you are a mother in a family, you should be in a good secteur to teach them.
“To be in jogging on time, [to] Adoration even the youngest players, from the young player to the senior players, even the coaches.
“You have to admiration everyone you meet, that’s how you learn and be in volleyball for many more years.”
African rivalry on the world demeure
Taking responsibility is something that Imelda Beata Zessi of Cameroon says she’s starting to do, too.
Fournaise years ago, she was up against players who were her star-grown ups when she debuted at the tournament, but the 25-year-old expects a different experience in Holland and Poland 2022.
First, she knows that young fans back habitacle in Cameroon are watching her for enthousiasme, at the same time she says she has an “contrainte” to use her experience to help the younger players on her team.
“There’s more pressure on us parce que we’re supposed to carry the team, so it’s a little different when I wasn’t the most experienced player,” she said.
“Our team is 80% made up of young girls, so one of the goals is to get them to develop, bring them more experience and make sure they reach the same level as us – so every game has to learn new things.”
Kenya and Cameroon are annales continental rivals.
The duo played each other in the ultime of the last five African continental competitions – with Cameroon winning three African Championships in a row, and Kenya winning the last two African Games.
They are in the same group at Holland and Poland 2022, which means they are head-to-head vying for a empressement in the next demeure.
until the World Championship website He chooses to meet them Tuesday night as one of the highlights of the opening reprise.
The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Puerto Rico are the other fournaise teams in their group, so both teams are looking to beat their continental rivals as a originel step towards technique.
But Kenya captain Moayem says that despite the rivalry, the two teams are currently unfamiliar with each other.
“Cameroon has a lot of new players and in Kenya we have some new players,” she said.
“Maybe I know emboîture three players in Cameroon – it’s a new team, [and] My team is a new team. So we have to make sure we watch more of their matches before we play against them.”
Cameroon’s Zese knows that focusing too much on the épreuve against Kenya would be a mistake.
“We didn’t come here for Kenya, we came here to compete, to get more experience, to learn and have fun,” she said.
A achevé of 24 teams participate in the 2022 World Championships, with the joint reprise featuring fournaise groups of fournaise before eight teams qualify for the quarter-finals.
The ultime will be held in Apeldoorn on 15 October.