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Volleyballer star Wanja can’t stand retirement, makes surprise return to team

Veteran Kenyan volleyballer Janet Wanja has made a surpirse return to the national women team, barely three months after she announced her retirement.

She announced her return to national duty on her Facebook page, a day before the start of the women’s volleyball African Zone V qualifiers for the World Championship.

Wanja’s return significantly boosts Kenya’s chances of winning this four team tournament, which has Rwanda, Uganda and Egypt taking part.

The competition will be played over three days at the Kasarani indoor arena, with the winning team qualifying to compete at the Africa Nations Championships in Cameroon come October.

Wanja, who has been a key player both for the national team and Kenya Pipeline over the past decade, had controversially announced her retirement from international duty in April.

At the time, she suggested some “forces” within the team had forced her to step aside so as to allow youngsters have a chance.