As expected,an all Kenyan final at Africa Club Cup

May 17, 2012
  • Kenya Pipeline Asha Makuto spikes against FAP of Cameroon.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kenya Prisons players celebrate their straight sets victory over NRC Chlef of Algeria.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The African women’s volleyball club title will stay at home after holders Kenya Prisons and Kenya champions Pipeline won their respective semi final clashed Wednesday in straight sets at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

In what will be a repeat of the 2011 Women’s Africa clubs championship final when long time rivals battled for the cup at the Africa Nazarene University,Prisons will be out to prove that they were just ‘unlucky and tired’ when they lost the national bragging rights to Pipeline.

Whenever the two sides meet, the talk is always between two players, the two national setters, Janet Wanja of Pipeline and Jane Wacu whose form of the day had a bearing on which side lifts the title.

The other will be the sibling rivalry pitting Asha and Evelyn Makuto. Pipeline beat Cameroonian side FAP by straight sets, 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-7) in a lively first semi final match played the eighth day of the championship which ends Saturday.

Kenya Prisons disposed off NRC Nedjemet Chlef of Algeria 25-14, 25-9 25- 10. Pipeline began the first set on a low note, allowing FAP to catch up at the resumption of the second technical knockout tying 8-8.

The tie shook coach Japheth Munala who introduced Catherine Wanjiru with Pipeline enjoying a two point lead at 15-13 as FAP managed to keep the scores close (19-19) but they managed to stretch off for a 25-20 win.

The defence forces of Cameroon started the second set with even more zeal, taking an early 4-1 lead but the experience and determination of the local ladies to reach the second finals paid off in the 16th service which saw the result levelled (8-8).

Munala then introduced Setter Wanja for Rhoda Lyali and Emily Chemutai in place of the injured Roseline Odhiambo and her combination with that of Asha Makuto, Ruth Chepngetich and Catherine Wanjiru saw the national champions take 10-9, 11-10-10, 11-10, 11-11, 12-11, 13-11, 14-11, 17-11 lead finally winning the second set 25-17.

The third set was even easy for Pipeline who reduced the deficit, winning the set 25-7 to book a date with rivals Prison.

“We underrated our opponents in the first but we settled in the second and third sets. It will be nice playing Prisons in the finals and that will be a tough match,” said Munala.

Mercy Moim’carried her good form to the semis with well calculated spikes which helped Prisons easily overcome the Algerians.

 

Wednesday's Results

Semifinals: 

Kenya Pipeline vs  FAP (Cameroon)  3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-7) 

Kenya Prisons vs NRC Nedjemet Chlef (Algeria) 3-0 (25-14, 25-9 25- 10)

Playoff

Rwanda Revenue vs Mafolofolo(Botswana) 3-2 (19-25, 18-25, 25-15, 15-10)

 

Elvince Joshua

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