STEPPING STONE

Tunisia pro stint a bridge to stardom for Kosirai

Kosirai has captained the paramilitary side since 2019.

In Summary

• Kosirai is a middle blocker for GSU but has been utilised as an opposite hitter in his previous spell by Saudi Arabia's Al Ibtisam—a role he wants to perfect during his professional stint.

• The hard-hitting attacker initially joined the Ulinzi volleyball team in January 2017 but three months later, he signed a deal with GSU.

GSU's Emmanuel Kogo (L) battles for the ball with Rodgers Kipkirui of Kenya Prisons at the Nyayo Gymnasium
GSU's Emmanuel Kogo (L) battles for the ball with Rodgers Kipkirui of Kenya Prisons at the Nyayo Gymnasium
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The General Service Unit utility player Simon Kipkorir 'Kosirai' is using Mouloudia Sportive de Bou Salem volleyball club as a stepping stone in pursuit of greener pasture in Europe.

The 25-year-old joined the Tunisian giants on a one-year deal. He linked up with his new club in the Arab-speaking country on September 3.

Kosirai is a middle blocker for GSU but has been utilised as an opposite hitter in his previous spell by Saudi Arabia's Al Ibtisam—a role he wants to perfect during his professional stint.

"The desire to play in Europe is now stronger than ever. The sooner it is realised, the better. Mouloudia is a bigger club and the Tunisian top-tier league is on another level. Sharing a dressing room with professional players will boost my game and enhance my chances to land a deal in Europe," Kosirai exclusively revealed to the Star.

"I have perfectly settled in training and the understanding will only get better. I'll have to prove my qualities next week when we play league reigning champions Esperance in a friendly match."

Kosirai has captained the paramilitary side since 2019. The hard-hitting attacker initially joined the Ulinzi volleyball team in January 2017 but three months later, he signed a deal with GSU.

His trophy-laden career includes five consecutive national league titles with the Gideon Tarus-coached GSU. He becomes one of the few decorated Kenyan sportspersons despite his age. The Tunisian 2022-23 league season serves off next month.

"I just have to win my first match which will set the tone for a better season. My rise to stardom is all about determination. I am not the same person or player I was five years ago because of passion. There are better returns in volleyball."

Kosirai joined Malava Boys High school in 2013. He decamped the Kakamega-county-based institution for Cheptil in 2014 and won two national school titles (2014, 2016).

Meanwhile, the Nandi county native tipped the remaining GSU contingent to step into his shoes and fill his space.

"At GSU, we have never felt a vacuum when a player exits and I expect the same in my absentia."

 Kosirai has his fingers crossed that the Tunisian League will end in time for him to return and represent GSU at the African Club Championship next year. 

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