Kenya Coach Lung'aho Predicts A Tough Final Against Algeria

Aug 23, 2011

Kenya national women’s volleyball coach, David Lunga’ho predicts a tough match against champions Algeria tomorrow (Wednesday) in the FIVB, Africa Cup of Nation at the Africa Nazarene University.

The winner will represent Africa at the World Cup in Japan. Kenya is using the championship a build up for the All Africa Games due in Mozambique in September Lung'aho’s charges beat rivals Egypt in the semi-finals on Monday said he will use the opponent’s weaknesses in tomorrow’s final to reclaim the trophy Kenya last won in 2006.

“Tomorrow’s final will be crucial. We will approach the game with a different formula, capitalizing of the opponent’s,” said the coach.

All Kenya players are in good shape with setter Janet Wanja, captain Brackcedis Agala, Evelyn Makuto, Mercy Moim and Roseline Odhiambo expected to start. Africa Nazarene University hosted all the preliminary matches and Kenya will be banking on home support to overcome the North Africans.

They should however be prepared for an open match according to the coach. Kenya won this cup in 2006 but missed in 2009 when Algeria were victorious. Egypt and Senegal will meet for the playoff. In the fifth and sixth playoff, Cameroon came from behind to beat Tunisia at the Brookhouse School which saw them clinch the fifth position.

Cameroon won 3-2 (16-25, 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, 15-9) sets against the Tunisians who who beat Nigeria 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 27-25) on Monday to reach the quarter finals. Tunisia finished fifth.

In the other match of the day, Botswana beat Nigeria 3-2 (25-22, 12-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-13) in the first match of the day to take sixth position. Nigeria lost all her five matches in the close to two week long tournament which saw nine countries competing for the coveted trophy.

Collated results

Pool A Kenya 3 Nigeria 0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-15), Egypt 3 Cameroon 2 (26-24, 29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12), Egypt 3 Nigeria 0 (25-26, 25-19, 25-17), Kenya 3 Cameroon 0 (25-23, 32-30, 26-24), Cameroon 3 Nigeria 0 (23-13, 25-21, 25-16), Kenya 3 Egypt 1(25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-17) Pool B Algeria 3 Senegal 0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-22), Tunisia 3 Botswana 1 (25-18,25-15,18-25,25-18), Tunisia 3 Rwanda 1 (25-1, 25-14,16-25, 25-14), Senegal 3 Botswana 0 (26-24,25-10,25-14), Senegal 3 Rwanda 0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-16), Algeria 3 Botswana 1 (25-22, 25-15, 22-25, 26-14), Botswana 3 Rwanda 1 (16-25, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17), Algeria 3 Tunisia 2 (25-21,24-26, 25-10, 24-26, 15-12), Tunisia 2 Senegal 3 (25-20, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 12-15), Algeria 3 Rwanda 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-16)

Classification rounds

Cameroon 3 Botswana 1 (25-23, 25-22, 19-25, 25-21), Tunisia 3 Nigeria 0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-18). Semis Kenya 3 Senegal 0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-18), Algeria 3 Egypt 1 (25-16, 27-25, 25- 27, 25-20) Tuesday results Botswana 3, Tunisia 2 (25-16, 12-25, 10-25, 25-16, 15-13) Cameroon 3, Tunisia 2 (16-25, 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, 15-9) Wednesday Matches Egypt vs Senegal 14.00 (semifinal) Kenya vs Algeria 16.00 (final).

 

Elvince Joshua

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