Kenya Prisons down Pipeline retain Africa Club Cup

May 19, 2012

Kenya Prisons booked their third ticket to the World club championship for the third year in a row with a hard fought 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-16) win over local rivals Kenya Pipeline in the Africa women's club championship finals played in Nairobi Saturday.

Prison avenged the lose they suffered in the hands of Pipeline who beat them last year clinch the national league title in a packed 5000 capacity Moi International Sports center ,Kasarani gymnasium.

The opening set was the most exciting, as Pipeline who started the game on low note, trailing the surging wardresses 2-8 at the first technical time-out, managing to level the set 16-16.

But Prisons rebounded on resumption leading, 19-17, 20-17, 21-17 and 23-18 forcing Coach Japheth Munala, to bring on experienced Rhoda Lyali in place of Janet Wanja and Lucy Chege for Catherine Wanjiru.

Prisons head coach David Lung'aho also brought in Lucy Tarus for captain Barckcedis Agala nursing an ankle injury, who ensured Prisons win the set 25-20.

Prison started off strongly in the following set leading a 8-2 in the second set, but a combination of experience and good display from Asha Makuto and Ruth Jepngetich helped pipeline close the margin to 16-14 at the second technical time-out.

Agala who was voted the tournament's best attacker, on form, Mercy Moim with her accurate attacks and hard heating Evelyn Makuto paid off for the marauding warders after going head to head from 19-19 to 25-25 to snatch the crucial 27-25 victory.

The Kenya champions seemed to have let off steam in the final set and failed to exploit service blunders by Makuto, going down 25-16 as Prison earned their third consecutive ticket to the World cup in Doha.

"When I won the first club championship I promised fans that we shall repeat the feat and ensure three consecutive appearance at the World club championships and am glad that I’ve managed to do so today. In 2010 we finished sixth, 2011 we were fifth, this year I want to finish third," said an elated Lung'aho.

Captain Agala said they would target to win at least two matches which will ensure them a quarter final place in Doha. Munala rued his team’s chances that saw them fall to Prisons for the second year in a row.

"Our systems failed in the attack and defence but generally we lost to a good side. We will go back to the drawing board and am sure it wont be easy for them the next time we meet.”

Awards

Prison team scooped three awards besides being crowned the champions while Pipeline took two with Rwanda revenue Authority (RRA) and Stef Auto of Madagascar each clinching one.

Prison's Elizabeth Wanyama was voted the best receiver while Braxicides Agala and Jane Wacu won the best attacker and setter trophies respectively.

Pipeline's Mildred Oduako's exemplary performance in the championships was also recognized when she was voted the best libero while her team mate Roseline Odhiambo went home with the best server award.

Stef Auto's Rouboni Melisa was voted the best blocker while Rwandan rising star Isabayo Regine who gave opponents a hard time in their matches was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament.

 

 

Elvince Joshua

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