• KCB bundled out of the Africa Club,Pipeline make quarters

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  • Kenya Pipeline Esther Wangechi spikes against Uganda's Nkumba opponents.(Photo by Shutterspeed)Kenya Pipeline Esther Wangechi spikes against Uganda's Nkumba opponents.(Photo by Shutterspeed)
May 14, 2012-

Kenya Commercial Bank KCB bid goodbye African women club the championship after going down 3-1 (26-28, 22-25, 27-25, 24-26) to Rwanda Revenue Authority as Kenya Pipeline won their final group game 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) over Nkumba University from Uganda Monday,the last day of the group stages matches played at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.

The bankers found themselves trailing in the first two sets (26-28, 22-25) but their fighting spirit paid off in the third set which they won 27-25 amidst cheers from the crowd.

The youth full side boosted by Eliza Karugu and Dorine Khayemba gallantly fought in the fourth set which they narrowly lost 24-26 surviving attacks from RRA’s captain, Izabayo Regine.

Coach Paul Gitau attributed the loss to lack of experience players in the squad.

“I have very little time to put up a good side, but even that am planning to recruit three or four players next year.But either way am not building a team of today, am building a team that will be able to compete on the same front as other teams in future,” said Gitau.

The elated Revenue coach, Ndayikengurukiye Jea who also played with a youthful squad consisting High School students said he will work on his service before the quarters.

“This is a young squad and playing in such a high championship is good for the experience, I need to improve my service department before our next game,” said the coach who accused some of the referees of substandard officiating.

Pipeline coach Japheth Munala started with a relatively younger squad that included Ruth Chepngetich, Noel Murambi and Esther Wangeci in the first set which they won 25-13.

But Munala, a former Kenya Commercial Bank coach pulled them off in the second set which they were leading 15-4, bringing in setter Janet Wanja, veteran and captain Lucy Chege and Asha Makuto who helped the team win the second 25-12.

The Uganda representatives fought hard in the third set but experience carried the day for the national champions, Pipeline who won 25-15 to sail to the quarters.

“I gave young tusks the chance because we may need them tomorrow. The win is very motivational for us as we go to the quarters. It we pass the quarters then it will be very interesting to play Prison in the finals, which should be a difficult game,” said Munala.

FAP of Cameroon also sailed to the quarters with a hard fought 3-1 (25-27,26-24, 25-15, 25-19) over Canon in a match played at the Africa Nazarene University.

The championships takes a break till Wednesday when the quarters kick off at Kasarani.

Full Group Results 

Monday Pipeline vs Nkumba 3-0 (25-13, 25-12, 25-15) FAP vs Canon 3-1 (25-27,26-24, 25-15, 25-19), Revenue vs KCB 3-1 (26-28, 22-25, 27-25, 24-26), Motema Pembe vs blue Angels 3-0 (25-15, 25-18,25-19)

Sunday Canon vs Varieties 3-0 (25-5, 25-7, 25-8), Mafolofolo vs DGSP 3-0 (27-25, 25-14, 25-13), KCB vs Stef Auto 2-3 (22-25,25-23,25-17,17-25,11-15), Prison vs FAP 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25), Water Sport vs Revenue 3-1 (12-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-23).

Saturday Prison vs Vrieties (3-0 (25-5, 25-7, 25-4), Blue Angels vs Mafolofolo 3-2 (31-29, 22-25, 25-21, 19-25, 16-12), Water sport vs Stella 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-20), Pipeline vs NRC 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20).

Friday Prison vs Jeshi 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-11, D.C Motema Pembe vs DGSP 3-0 (2-13, 25-20, 25-19) , FAB vs Varieties 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-13), KCB vs Water Sport 3-0 (25-9,25-9,25-16)

Thursday: Mafolofolo vs DC Motema Pembe (DCMP)3-1 (24-26, 25-13, 25-20,25-17), Pipeline vs Manga Sport 3-0(25-2,25-4,25-4), Water Sport vs Stef Auto3-0 (25-20, 25-22,25-18), Prison vs Canon 3-0 (25-10, 25-19, 25-13), KCB vs Stella 3-0 (25-9, 25-9,25-15), Blue Angels vs DGSP 3-0 (25-23, 25-21,25-15).


 Elvince Joshua

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