Two Malkia Stars players have been honored with individual awards for their exemplary displays in the just concluded women's Volleyball Africa Nations Championships that were held in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
Kenya finished second in the tournament after losing to hosts Cameroon in the finals in a five-set game. Despite relinquishing their crown, Malkia Stars qualified for the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship that will be held in September next year in Japan.
In the indidual awards, Kenya received two, same as winners Cameroon while Egypt and Senegal had one each. Mercy Moim was given the best server's award while Edith Wisa Mukuvulani earned herself the best blocker's gong.
Edith Wisa Mukuvulani
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Malkia Strikers cruised into the semifinals of the ongoing women's Volleyball Africa Nations Championship with a 100% win record following a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15,25-12) victory over Democratic of Republic of Congo at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on Monday October 9.
The Kenya Women's Volleyball team left the country for Cameroon on Thursday October 5 where they will take part in the upcoming 2017 CAVB Women's African Volleyball Championship, which will double up as the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Women's World Championship Qualifier. The tournament is set to be held in Yaounde, Cameroon, from October 7 to October 14, 2017.
The Kenya U-23 volleyball team will on Thursday depart to Slovenia for the women’s Under-23 World Championships.
Kenya Pipeline volleyball setter Janet Wanja has been included in Kenya’s squad for the Africa Zone Five World Championship Qualifiers which begin on Friday at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani Indoor Arena.
Five months ago, Wanja had announced her decision to retire, citing the reason for the decision as a way of paving way for young setters to get their chance in the national team. Following consultations with national coach Japheth Munala who also doubles up as her coach at club level, she however rescinded to that decision and was included in the squad together with the exemplary Jane Wacu.
The Africa Zone Five World Championship Qualifiers will involve hosts Kenya, neighbors Uganda and Rwanda as well as Egypt. All teams involved are gunning for victory as the winner of the Zone Five qualifier will earn a ticket to the final round of qualification to the World Championships to be held in Cameroon later in the year.
Hosts Kenya will be seeking qualification to the World Cup where they performed dismally the last time they were there. The last time the Malkia Strikers played in the World Cup was in Japan, 2010 where they bowed out in the group rounds without winning a set. They however missed qualification for the 2014 edition.
Libero Celestine Nyongesa and right attacker Emmaculate Chemutai who have been included in the team consisting of 14 players will be looking to make their debut appearances for the national team. Other players included are Triza Atuka, Ann Lowem and Noel Murambi.
Setters: Jane Wacu, Janet Wanja
Liberos: Aggripina Kundu, Celestine Nyongesa
Middle Blockers: Brackcedes Agala, Edith Wisa, Ann Lowem, Triza Atuka
Left attackers: Mercy Moim, Noel Murambi, Everline Makuto, Leonida Kasaya
The squad to represent Kenya in this year's CAVB Zone V World Championship qualifiers set for Kigali, Rwanda has been released. The qualifiers are slated to take place between July 22 and 27 will see 14 Kenyan participants leave the country for Rwanda on Tuesday 18 July.
The National women's Beach Volleyball team requires Ks. 1.5 million to honor the 2017 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championship in Australia next month.
The Kenya Pipeline duo of Naomi Too and Gaudencia Makhoha qualified to the World championships during the African qualifiers staged in Mozambique last April. But their participation, which will be Kenya’s second in a raw now lies in limbo due to lack of funds with reports that the government is yet to commit funds for the games that are close to a month away.
The team is expected to have at least 20 days training before leaving for the championship set to serve off on July 28 to August 6th.
The money is expected to go to carter for the local and foreign allowance and the air ticket.
"We still don't have the money but we must send this team. Currently I am heading to the ministry to push for the funding from the government, " said KVF secretary general Ben Juma.
Interestingly, Kenya will not send a coach to accompany the players for the directive by the international volleyball mother body quashing the position of a coach at the senior level.
“Even if we were to send a coach, he or she will not be allowed to be on the court during matches in line with FIVB practice,” added Juma.
FIVB abolished the position of a coach for the senior level in the last board of administration meeting.
Lack of government commitment saw the national women's volleyball team, Malkia Strikers withdraw from this year's FIVB World Grand Prix set to serve off next month in various cities in Europe, Asia and South America.
Meanwhile KVF is in talks with Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company to set up a beach volleyball court at Ng'etho, the source of Ndakaini dam, in Muranga County.
KVF president Waithaka Kionia said that such a facility will greatly reduce the cost of preparing beach teams who usually train in Mombasa.
"Having a beach court in Murang'a will not only help nurture more talent but also reduce the cost of preparing our teams for future assignments," said Kioni who hosted Nairobi City Water managing Director Eng. Phillip Gachuki on Wednesday morning.
It is understood that there was growing fears that sports sector of Nairobi Water could be disbanded following the slow stream of revenue brought about by the water shortage but Gachuki assured players of support and future partnership with KVF.
“We will continue to support our teams in the league as we seek to have the Chairman’s cup (Ndakaini leg) as an annual event to continue creating awareness to the public to understand the importance of Ndakaini dam which is the biggest source of all the water used in Nairobi,” said Gachiki.
Nairobi Water sponsored the second leg of the biggest local volleyball series, which was held at Ndakaini in April.
Dar es Salaam Regional Volleyball Association (DAREVA) has released a list of 24 players who will take part in AMACO International in Kenya. The tournament will run for three days and is set to be held in Nakuru from May 19 to May 21.
The team comprises of 12 men and 12 women, selected based on their recent performance in the DAREVA senior league.
Ezekiel Robinson ( Makongo Secondary), Dismas Dick (Tanzania Prisons), Abel Masunga (Jeshi Stars), Johanes Mandolin (Makongo Secondary), Dennis Alphonce (CDS Park), Robinson Msigwa (Chui), Charles Okore (IP Sports), Muksin Saidi (Mjimwema), Shukuru Ali (IP Sports), Joseph Mafuru (Chui), Shabani Julius (Makongo Secondary), Joseph Mafuru (Tanzania Prisons).
Neema Ngowi (Jeshi Stars), Heavenlight Mtyaule (Makongo Secondary), Vicky Steven (Tanzania Prisons), Doreen Kabero (Jeshi Stars), Zainabu Lukindo (JKT), Janet Ajili (Makongo Secondary), Flora Stephano (Makongo Secondary), Eva Richard (Tanzania Prisons), Hellen Richard (Tanzania Prisons), Jonia Jivin (Makongo Secondary), Esther Noel (Tanzania Prisons), Sheila Magambo (JKT).
North African clubs dominated the just concluded Women’s African Club Championship in Tunisia with the host Carthage emerging as the winners. They defeated Shams, yet another club from North Africa thereby amplifying the North African recent dominance in the game.
This is a trend that is worrying both Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pipeline coaches.
Lungaho, the Prisons coach said, “We need to get worried if they are going to dominate like this because now this is the third year when they have taken the cup, we need to worry”.
Pipeline coach Munala describes service and reception as the North Africans weapons, “North African countries have come up very well and strongly. They have a weapon they call service and reception as a country that has been our major undoing”.
Janet Wanja who announced her retirement from international volleyball for Kenya on Tuesday has slammed youthful players for the national teams and Clubs as she raised her worry that Kenya would miss out on being dominant in the region unless players changed their attitude.
As she exits the stage, Wanja, 33 has raised the red flag on the bleak future of Kenya volleyball and at the same time, challenged the young players to raise their standards if Kenya is to find somebody who fill in the huge galley she will be leaving behind.
"Majority of these young players like easy life," continued Wanja.
"They don't want to train hard to rightfully earn their positions in the squad and my fear is, when I retire and Wacu (Jane) follows, our team will struggle," cautioned Wanja who formed a formidable partnership with her Kenya Prisons counterpart, Wacu, the most recognisable pair in the national team.
"As much as we want young players to come in, if they will not put in enough effort in training and have that self discipline, then we'll not go far. To those saying that we are old just because we've played for so many years for the national team, they should also challenge these young players to work hard to earn their positions, not being favoured just because they are young. Age is just a number," she advised.
"Even though many people are criticising coaches that they are not doing enough to recruit young players, for me we have so many young players, the right height but in my opinion, are pampered and don't know the meaning of hard work."
Grandprix withdrawal sad
Wanja termed the withdrawal of Malkia Strikers from the Grand Prix as 'sad'
"It is sad for the young players because this was their chance to get that much needed exposure. If we start missing such chanaces, then it's so sad,"
Kenya Volleyball Federation witthdrew from Grand Prix citing insufficient funds to purchase the air tickets for the three nation trip to Peru, Puerto Rico and Croatia. Besides, Kenya Volleyball Federation are yet to clear the Ksh8 million arrears they owe to Federation of International Volleyball (FIVB).
Janet Wanja announced her retirement from Malkia strikers. During her illustrious time at the national team, she has been a key figure for the national team creating a cultic following and drawing fans to the courts to watch her play.
Below are what Kenya achieved during that entire time we had you on the courts. #LEGEND
2000 — 11th place
2002 — 21st place
2006 — 21st place
2010 — 21st place
2007 — 12th place
2011 — 12th place
2015 — 10th place
FIVB World Grand Prix
2014 — 25th place
2015 — 21st place
2016 — 20st place
Women's African Volleyball Championship
2003 — 2nd place
2005 — 1st place
2007 — 1st place
2011 — 1st place
2013 — 1st place
1995 — 1st place
1999 — 1st place
2003 — 3rd place
2011 — 3rd place
Kenya has withdrawn from this year’s Federation of International de Volleyball (FIVB) World Grand Prix set to serve off in Peru from July 7- August 8 due to lack of sufficient funds.
Capital Sport reports that Kenya, 2015 Grand Prix group 3 winners were reinstated back to a relatively more competitive Group 2 by FIVB despite a dismal performance in the same group last year which would ordinarily see them drop back to an easy group 3.
But the promotion of a second African side, Cameroon saw Kenya granted stay at Group 2 for yet another shot at the second top tier competition.
However, financial constrains saw the country pull out of the world’s most prestigious women’s volleyball competition which brings together 32 teams across the globe – spread in three groups.
Kenya Prisons won bronze medal after tearing down former champions Ahly in a captivating 5 set thriller 3-2 (25-13, 10-25, 25-20, 22-25, 10-15) in the 3rd place playoff.
The first set started strong and an evenly matched few points led Ahly ahead of Prison. Ahly kept up the lead, celebrating a win of 25-13. A few deceitful serves in the second set put Prisons one step ahead Ahly, the record winners struggled to claw back throughout the set. The tension rose with each point. As Prisons continued to pick up their form and they killed the set 25-10.
In the third set all the pieces seemed to fit together for Ahly. The 2016 winners kept regrouping the balance on court so as to avoid having huge holes. Their composure and experience kept them going to take the lead 2-1 after they won the set 25-20.
With good confidence from the 2nd set, it was time for Prisons to shine and fight they did and managed to turn up the heat by winning 25-22.
It was an exciting (or nerve wrecking, depends who you ask) game to watch with a “unique” touch in the deciding set. Prisons got the hang of it, they got some great sets, some sneaky tips, good defence and hitting from the rest of the players and, which shouldn’t be surprising by now. The more their communication improved, the better they started playing and they won the 5th set 15-10.
The entire hall cheered up the Kenyans for the fight and chanted for their great win against Ahly as they totally removed the crown from 8 time record champions
Kenya has qualified two teams to this year's African Beach Volleyball Cup of Nations after finishing first and third in the men's and Women's categories during the zonal Qualifiers held in Uganda Friday.
Men's pair of Ibrahim Oduor of Kenya Prisons and his Nairobi Water country at James Mwaniki (men) booked the ticket to the continental championship set to be held in Maputo, Mozambique from May 10-16,2017 after finishing top in the group four Nations Qualifiers.
Kenya's women's team consisted of Pipeline's duo of Jacinta Mweni and Gaudencia Makokha finished third behind Rwanda and Uganda and above Sudan but still snatched the ticket.
Rwanda guided by Kenyan born coach Paul Bitok also sent two teams. Rwanda finished second in the men's category and topped the women's race. Also qualified are Uganda and Sudan.
Kenya Prisons was knocked out of the race for a sixth African Club Championship title after losing their semi final match 3-1 (25-21,25-13,24-26, 25-24) to hosts Carthage in Monastir-Tunisia on Friday evening.
The lose extends Kenya's drought for Africa's most prestigious club competition title to four years. Prisons is the last Kenyan side to have lifted this title in 2012 while Kenya's other participants in these games, Kenya Pipeline last won it in 2005.
The opening set was fairly balanced with Prisons dictating the proceeding but they could not hold to their slim lead when the former national champions allowed Carthage to catch up with them. The Arabs tied the scores nine ups only to wind up the set 25-21.
Prisons who knocked out compatriots Pipeline in the quarter finals on Thursday boasts of five continental titles to their name. That history however was not scary enough to intimidate the hosts who opened the gap after snatching the second set 25-13 in the second set.
Prisons however resisted a three-nil caging, staging a come back in the third set which they won 26-24 to cut Carthage lead to just a point. But poor reception wouod later cost them the much needed fourth set which they surrendered in just under 15.
Things seemed be working for the Kenyan officers, once a dreaded outfit in these competion but they paid the prize for their poor receptions and back court coverage.
Setter Jane Wacu was pulled out for Joy Lusenaka with Loice Tarus replacing veteran Praxides Agala, a natural middle blocker temporarily converted to a strong player by David Lung'aho. The changes however did not bore any fruit.
Carthage took a massive 16-5 lead at the second technical time out, further widening the gap 21-12 only to wrap up the set 25-14 and the game three-one.
Just like Pipeline, Prisons will have to go back to the drawing board, rectify their mistakes and start early preparations for the next edition in 2018, shall they both qualify.
Prisons will now play for second and third playoff while Pipeline will fight for position 5-6.
Pipeline, seven time continental champions dropped out of the main race yesterday after suffering a heavy defeat to Prisons in a five set thriller and they will have to wait for yet another year for the trophy they last lifted in 2005.
But they put all that disappointment behind in the subsiquent match with a 3-0 victory, a win against another Tuinisian side, Sfaxien whom they beat by straights sets (25-11, 25-21, 25-21) in the 5-8 placement playoffs matches- a perfect gift for Captain Triza Atuka who celebrated her 24th birthday today.
Carthage will now meet the winner between Ahly and Shams.
Kenya Prisons have landed a tricky test as they are to face hosts Carthage in the Women's African Club Chamoionships.
Prisons defeated Kenyan counterparts Pipeline in a quarter final of narrow margines and nothing short of the same is expected in the semi finals with Carthage.
The hosts will have a full house behind their back and the match will be a true test of mental strength for the Kenyans.
The other semi final will see the defending champions Al ahly face Shams in the local Eyptian derby. Both matches will be played on Friday.
Kenya Prisons made an impressive recovery from their quarter finals defeat to beat Sfaxien from Tunisia 3-0 in the playoffs for position 5 to 8.
Prisons played a free flowing style in the first set and emerged a comfortable 25-11 winners.
In the second set Sfaxien emerged with more determination and posed a great challange for the Kenyans. The score was tied at 17 all but Pipeline showed resilience and went ahead to win the set 25-21.
The third set was as evenly contested but prisons also emerged victorious with a 25-21 win. Th
Kenya Prisons came from a set down to knock arch rivals Kenyan Pipeline out of the 2017 Africa Club championship quarter finals following a 3-2 (13-25, 28-26,25-19, 23-25,15-13) win on Thursday in Monastir-Tunisia.
Pipeline are still chasing their first continental title since 2005. Interestingly, Pipeline has dominated the local volleyball scene, winning three consecutive national league titles but they were knocked out by a wounded Prisons' side composed of players who are on their sunset days on the court.
Pipeline opened the lead with a 25-13 in the first set but Prisons made amends in the subsequent set which they won 28-26 before doubling their lead from 29-19 win in the third set. Pipeline then leveled the scored from a slim 25-23 but lost the gas in the decisive fifth set where they lead until the last point when Prisons took over the command of the game having tied 12 ups. The wardresses wrapped the match 14-13 to book a semis slot against the winner between Sfexien and CFC both of Tunisia.
Pipeline took the lead right from the Opening set, cruising to a massive seven-point lead at the second technical time. Captain Triza Atuka earned the Kenyan champions three straight points from dead blocks while Noel Murambi terrorized Prisons from the left to steady Pipeline's ship to a safe anchor in the opening set.
The wardresses came back after the break to win two quick points which cut Pipeline's lead but despite a timeout called by under pressure, David Lung'aho, the pep talks didn't help much. Prisons tried staging a comeback but poor reception and a technical error propelled their opponents who bagged the opening set 25-13.
The script was not the same for Pipeline in the second set. Prisons came back knowing very well that any further slumber will give Pipeline a big psychological edge over them. The officers who boast of five continental trophies took the lead in the second set, going 4-1 up but the oil merchants caught up with them after winning three straight points to tie the game four -ups. Pipeline then opened a point lead at the first technical time out thanks to Praxcides Agala's attack outside the court.
Evelyne Makuto was introduced, taking the place of Yvonne Wavinya and the former Lugulu Girls alumni made instant impact and a significant contribution to cut Pipeline's lead to just one point with Pipeline having taken a 14-9 lead in the second set.
From this point inwards, Prisons kept pace with Pipeline who led 16-15 at the second technical time out. Lung'aho charges however turned the table when they wrapped the set 28-26 to level the scores one-all, throwing the game wide open.
But sometimes, at this level, experience rides above the form. Pipeline was indeed on their best form going into this championship but Lung'aho went for experience when selecting his squad.
That experience proved vital for the coach who is under pressure to return his side back to where they were three years ago which saw them dominate both the local and continental volleyball scenes until Pipeline stopped them in 2014.
Prisons won the third set 25-19 to open a point lead going into the fourth set. With a dented ego, Pipeline's reception was wanting and they paid for it so dearly. Despite trailing Prisons in the entire set, which saw Prisons cruising to a 17-5 lead at one point, they suffered their heaviest set lose so far when they crushed in under 20.
But Japheth Munala made amends in the fourth set with a slim 25-23 win to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
Having trailed Prisons for the better part of the marathon fourth set, 2-6,14-18,17-20, Pipeline caught up with Lung'aho charges at 21 ups to level the scores with a 25-23 set scores.
But Pipeline players will have nobody to blame but themselves after surrendering a two points lead in the crucial sets to allow Jane Wacu kill the game with a weak strike at the empty back court. The most important attack of the game, sent Prisons camp into wild celebration and a safe ticket to the semi finals.
CAVB Club Championship Quarter Final pairings
The CAVB Africa Club championships quarterfinal will be held on Thursday April 13 with Kenyan representative meeting at the first knockout stage.
Carthage (TUN) v Sfaxien (TUN)
Shams (EGY) v Injis (CMR)
Ahly (EGY) v GSP (ALG)
Pipeline (KEN) v Prisons (KEN)
Kenya Pipeline have maintained their 100 percentage record in the preliminary stages of the Women’s African Club Championships when they beat Bafia from Cameroon 3-0 (25-15, 25-7, 25-14) in their final pool match in Tunisia.
Pipeline, who had already secured a ticket to the quarter finals, finished top of pool C with convincing performances all round. They made their intentions clear from the word go and had little problems demolishing the Cameroonians.
The competition is getting to the business end as the grains have been separated from the chaff, with Pipeline, Carthage, Shams and Al Ahly the outstanding performers all with 100 percentage records.
The full list of the clubs that have progressed are as follows;
Kenya Pipeline- Kenya
Kenya Prisons- Kenya
Al Ahly- Egypt
Kenya Prisons displayed their prowess as they saw off University of Zimbabwe 3-0 (25-15, 25-7, 25-9) to book their place in the quarter finals of the Women’s African Club Championships at Helal hall in Monastir, Tunisia earlier today.
Prisons dominated the game from the start. A time out was called by the University’s bench to try and salvage the game but it was all in vain, the gulf in class was clear at the end. A disappointing run by the Zimbabweans as they exit the Championship with four defeats and without a win.
As for the Kenyans this was their third win of the competition with the only blemish coming with the defeat to Al Ahly on their first day. This sees them finish second in pool B behind the Egyptians.
They now join their counterparts Kenya Pipeline in the second round with a possibility of the two being drawn against each other, something that has happened on three different occasion in the Women’s Championships.
Kenya Pipeline have made a remarkable start at the ongoing Women’s African Club Championships as Kenya Prisons confident to follow soot in Monastir, Tunisia.
Pipeline have already booked their ticket for the second round with a splendid 3-0 in two matches played. The Kenyan giants outplayed both Army from Rwanda in the first match and Sonatrach from Algeria in the second, but it was by no means a walk over. They showed mental strength to control the matches and come out unscathed.
Pipeline will go into their final Pool C preliminary round to play Bafia from Cameroon on Tuesday night with little pressure and booming confidence in the hopes of preserving their 100 percent record.
The same however cannot be said for Prisons as it has not been smooth sailing. Their opening match ended in a disappointing 3-1 defeat to the reigning champions Al Ahly but by no means was it embarrassing. Prisons however bounced back in emphatic fashion to beat Marsa from Tunisia and Bejaia from Algeria 3-0 each, vital wins that give them a clear shot at the quarter finals.
Prisons now await the final match against University of Zimbabwe on Tuesday evening to confirm their progression to the second round alongside Al Ahly in Pool B.
Both Pipeline coach Japheth Munala and Prisons coach David Lugh’ano hope that one of the two teams will go all the to lift the title that has eluded Kenya since 2010.
Prisons of Kenya recovered well from their opening pool B defeat to Ahly to beat Marsa of Tunisia 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 26-24) at MZALI hall in day two of the 2017 Women’s African club championship.
Prisons started intensely with impressive volleys from their attackers and unlike their opponents – the Kenyans had prolific of fast and persuasive attacking options, and they were an endless danger throughout the first set, it took them an easy ride to complete the first set with a striking 25-12 points.
Marsa got the second set under way, however the Kenyans who were fighting to avoid second defeat made it two sets in 25-15 margin.
Marsa returned for the third set with transformed persistence and Prisons almost fell in that set but their consistence and resilience continue to dominate the opponents, however they encountered difficulty from the Tunisians who had their best set scoring 24 points
Match 13 -2017 Women's African Club championship
Prison (KEN) v Marsa (TUN)
1st set: 25-12
2nd set: 25-15
3rd set: 26-24
Kenya Pipeline registered its second win today with a perfect three sets to nil (3-0) over Sonatrach from Algeria.
Pipeline, who got off to a seamless start in the championship, recorded a 26-24 win in the first set, 25-23 in the second set and 25-16 in the third set against the Algerians who gave it their best in the tight pool C match.
Sonatrach gave the Kenyans a run for their money in the first two sets but were no match for the giants. It all went wrong for Sonatrach in the third set even after their coach called for a time out to try to salvage the match, the gulf in class was clear as Pipeline ran away with it.
Up next for Kenya Pipeline is a match with Bafia form Cameroon on Tuesday night and are expected to get out ahead. The win will see Pipeline take huge steps towards progression to the second round.
The defending champions of the Women’s African club championship Ahly of Egypt start the defense of their title with a hard fought victory against Prison of Kenya.
The defending champions of the Women’s African club championship Ahly of Egypt start the defense of their title with a hard fought 3 – 1 (25-14, 25- 21, 18-25, ) victory against Prison of Kenya
With the weight of the match sinking in during initial moments, Prison went off to a shaky start. However, both sides performed equally well, each taking a few points apiece, where a long rally with several impressive saves saw the point eventually go to Ahly.
Prison improved in the second set to score 21 points compare to 14 they earned in the first set.
With two sets in the bag for Ahly, Prison knew it was their last shot, and fight they did. Prison took an early advantage leading 8-4 going into the time out and they maintain their lead to win 25-18.
And the 4th set Ahly defending well to dominate and won the set 25- 15 for a 3-1
After the positive start by Kenya Pipeline earlier in the day it is time for Kenya Prisons to deliver, however they face an opposition of a slightly high pedigree compared to the rest.
Prisons will go head to head with the mighty Al Ahly, the competitions most successful team, the defending champions and the overwhelming favourites to go all the way.
In a group termed the group of death, rightly so, Prisons will also face Marsa from the host Nation, Tunisia on Saturday at 8pm in Mzali hall.
Other pool B matches will see the Kenyans face Bejala from Algeria, yet another tough North African club, on Sunday at 6pm in Mzali hall. And finnaly finish off with a slightly easier opponent in the form of University of Zimbabwe on Tuesday at 5pm in Hellal hall. The pool has 5 teams, as opposed to the 4 teams in other pools.
Al Ahly is expected to have the majority of the fans behind them, all this setting a nice atmosphere for the thrilling showpiece. The match is set to begin at 8pm in Mzali hall.
Seven times African Women club champions Kenya Pipeline beat Army of Rwanda 3- 0 (26-24, 25- 14, 25 - 12) in pool C opening match of the 2017 women’s African volleyball club championship in MZALI hall in Monastir, Tunisia on Friday afternoon.
The Kenyan team had a tough first set after leading convincingly but Army closed the gap 22-22 before they finally lose the remaining sets to the Kenyans. Even though the Rwandans closed it at 24 – 24, setter Jane Wacu upset her opponents with her passes to overcame the Army defense.
In the third set Pipeline defended well to stop Army with spikes from Seraphine Mukantambara and easily win the set 25 – 12 for a 3-0 victory
The seven time champions Kenya Pipeline will be the first team on the court to represent Kenya at the ongoing Women’s African Club Championship when they go head to head with Army from Rwanda at 2pm local time.
Pipeline, who are the massive favourites will look to bag in the first win to relieve pressure for the upcoming fixtures. They are however drawn in a relatively easier group compared to their counterpart Kenya prisons who are in the group of death, and are expected to make it through the group stages.
The pool C matches that start today will see Pipeline play Army at the Mzali hall in Monatsir. They will then play Sonatrach from Algeria, arguably the match of the pool, on Saturday at 4pm. Finally they will conclude their group stage endeavors on Tuesday night when they face Bafia from Cameroon at 8pm in Mzali hall.
The drawing of lots for the 2017 Women's African Club championship was done on Wednesday ahead of the continental showpiece. Kenyan participants Pipeline and Kenya Prisons were drawn in groups C and B respectively. Prisons are pooled alongside defending champions Al Ahly while Pipeline will face tough opponents in Bafia and Sonatrach fof Algeria.
Pool A: Carthage, Organizer (TUN), Asec (CIV), INJS (CMR), Ndejje (UGA)
Pool B: Ahly (EGY), University (ZIM), Marsa (TUN), Bejaia (ALG), Prisons (KEN)
Pool C: Pipeline (KEN), Sonatrach (ALG), Army (RWA), Bafia (CMR)
Pool D: Shams (EGY), ARSU (SEY), Sfaxien (TUN), FAP (CMR)
The Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons’ women volleyball teams are set to represent the country in the most prestigious volleyball club competition in Africa that kick off this Thursday in Monastir, Tunisia.
The teams, that had earlier today undertaken their preliminary inquiries, are both confident of going all the way to the title. However, they will face stiff competition from the North African teams that include the host Carthage, Club Sportif Sfaxien and AS Marsa from Tunisia, JSP Sonatrach and Bejaia from Algeria, Al Shams and defending champions Al Ahly from Egypt.
Al Ahly is the most successful club in the competitions’ history with 8 titles to their name, with Kenya Pipeline a close second with 7 titles. Kenya Prisons have 5 titles while absentees Telkom Kenya having 1 title. This makes Kenya the most successful country with 13 titles.
The 2017 Confederation Africaine De Volleyball (CAVB) edition will see first time appearance from Ndejje University from Uganda, ARSU from Seychelles and Asec University of Zimbabwe. Other participants include FAP and INJS from Cameroon, Asec Mimosas form Ivory Coast.
Ksar Hellal Jammel hall, the venue in Monastir, is braced for a colorful African opening ceremony that will mark the 27th anniversary of the games.
The seven time African champions Kenya Pipeline women’s volleyball team arrived in Tunisia earlier today for the 2017 Women’s Club Championship that begins on Wednesday.
Pipeline head coach Japheth Munala believes young players if given the right coaching have potential to make Kenya a big imoact on Kenya's future in the sport.
Esperance of Tunisia claimed the 5th position at the African Club Championship after they downed Kenya Prisons 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19) at Ben Arous Hall in Tunis, Tunisia on Monday.
Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia booked the second ticket to the final of the 2017 Men's African Club Championship after they took off Libya's Swehly in the second semifinal in a match stopped at 14-7 in the tiebreak after it was 2-2 in sets (25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25) due to spectator intervention with political signs.
Kenya Prisons regained their rhythm is the suitable time to cruise past Cameroon's FAP in a five set Marathon 3-2 (25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) in 2 hours of thrilling actions.
Kenya Prisons men’s volleyball club fairy tale in the ongoing Africa Club Championship came to an abrupt halt on Thursday after they suffered a humiliating defeat in the hands of African giants Ah Ahly of Egypt at Taraji Hall in Tunis, Tunisia.
Ahly overpowered the Kenyan champions by straight sets (25-15, 25-13, 25-19) to crash out in the competition’s quarter final.
The loss means Prisons will have to wait for yet another year to start thinking of winning their first continental trophy.
Ahly, the record African champions with 11 titles seems to have mastered the formula of silencing the Kenyan Warders. In 2011, the Egyptian side who are chasing their record 12th title denied Prisons the trophy on the last hurdle with a 3-0 win in the final.
Prisons did not honour the last edition held in Egypt but their return to continental action ended Thursday with an under 20 defeat. This is the second time since 2013 that Prisons has failed to get past quarter final.
Signs of bad things awaiting Gideon Chenje and his charges in this match came right in the opening set. Prisons surrendered the first set in a shocking 15-25 defeat by the African giants.
Things went from bad to worse for the officers when they lost the second set with even a smaller margin, 25-13 before Ahly wrapped up the game with 25-19 win in the final set to sail to the semis.
Ahly will now face Algeria’s Bourj Bouaririj who upset Cameroon’s FAP in straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) in the other quarters as Prisons battle it out with the Cameroonian for the 4-8 placement matches.
Libyan side Swehly booked their second consecutive semi final place with 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-28) victory over compatriots Assarya. The will play the winner of the match between Esperance and Etoile du Sahel for the other semis while Assarya plays for the 5 to 8 positions against the loser.
In the 9-16 placement matches, Libyan side Ahly Beni Ghazi (Libya) overpowered Benin Police with a straight sets (25-20, 25-21,25-16) while Espoir Bafia (Cameroon) twice came from behind to outsmart Espoir of Congo 3-2.
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