Kenya down Egypt in second Africa Cup tie

By elvince joshua
Sep 15, 2013
  • Kenyan players celebrate after winning their match agains Egypt on Sunday at Kasarani.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Kenya host registered their second win of the Africa Cup of Nations championship after beating a youthful Egyptian side 3-0 (25-20, 25-20,25-12) on Sunday.

This was the second loss for Egypt who fell at the hands of Cameroon on Saturday. Coach David Lung'aho made one change to his previous line up, preferring Janet Wanja ahead of Jane Wacu in the setter position.

Kenya started the game on a high note, going 2-0 ahead before surrendering the lead to Egypt 8-4 at the first technical timeout. Kenya made up to take a slim 16-15 at the second technical time out before eventually winning first set 25-20.

Despite the loud and intimidating noise from the crowd, the Egyptians never gave up, putting up a spirited fight but inexperience separated the two teams, giving Kenya a 25-20 win in the second set Wacu was introduced in the third set which the hosts easily won 25-12 perched at the top of the table with six points.

Elgeyo Marakwet senator, Kipchumba Murkomen gave the team Ksh. 200,000 to boost the team’s morale.

Egypt fielded a young squad with the oldest player, Seifelnasr Nitmeen aged 21 while Kenya had seven players over 23. Wanja and Brackcides Agala are the oldest in the Kenyan squad having been born at 29. Wanja alongside Mercy Moim also hold the record for being the only Kenya player (in this squad) to have taken part in Olympic games.

Second straight loss for Algeria, Cameroon win

The youthful Algerian side lost their second match of the tournament, going down by straight sets in the hands of Senegal.

Algeria also lost their opener in the hands of their neighbors, Tunisia Saturday. Senegal recovered from Saturday's loss against Kenya to beat Algeria 3-0 (25-18, 25-25, 25-19) in day two of the championship.

Algeria squad consists mostly of under 23 players that are using the tournament as part of their preparation for U-23 World championship set to be staged in Mexico in October and later the the Olympic qualifiers.

Algeria's participation in Nairobi has given Kenya's under 23 team coach, Sammy Mulinge a perfect opportunity to watch their opponents in action before they lock horns in Mexico. "We're keenly watching their styles of play," said Mulinge who believes the exposure the North Africans will get from this champions will give them an edge.

"Most Kenyan players I have in camp do not have much playing time in their respective club unlike these Algerian players who have been given a chance by their country to gain experience in such a high level competition," added Mulinge.

Cameroon laboured hard in their second match to grab two points in the hands of a hard fighting Tunisia whom they beat 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10).

This was a second win for Cameroon who beat Egypt in the first match Saturday while Tunisia lost their first match after beating Algeria in the opener Poor officiating which has rocked Africa Volleyball for a long time was very eminent in the match between Tunisia and Cameron with referees making controversial decisions which didn't favour either teams.

On Monday, Kenya will play Algeria in their third match of the tournament with Senegal taking on Cameroon while Tunisia will play Egypt.