Kenya wins eighth Africa title with a match to go

By elvince joshua
Sep 18, 2021
  • Kenya celebrating the victory against Cameroon on day four championship at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Kenya during the match against Cameroon.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

The ugly scenes that came knocking just a day before the kickoff of the CAVB Women's Volleyball Africa Cup of nations which saw Kenyan team being kicked out of their hotel rooms at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani resurfaced again Wednesday.

This time it was the turn of the visiting teams on the receiving end of the everlasting bad blood between Kenya Volleyball Federation (KVF) and Sports Stadia Management Board ,SSMB over a debt of Ksh. 3.6 milion dating back to 2009.

The stadia management locked out the Cameroonian team who had turned up for the morning practice session ahead of their crucial clash with hosts Kenya Wednesday morning after a day's break.

When they were finally allowed access to the gym, more surprises were waiting. SSMB had switched off the lights forcing the team to camp at the gymnasium entrance for close to five hours with no help forthcoming.

Even their opponents, Kenya who were to follow in the training schedule had to go through the same bitter treatment, forcing the two teams to drive back to their hotel rooms without the necessary warm-up after a day's break.

The power was switched on at exactly 1.00pm forcing Algeria and Egypt to get to the court seven minutes later without a warm up.

Kenya retains Cup with a match to go

Kenya retained the continental title for a fifth year running with a game in hand. Kenya beat Cameroon 3-0 (25-22, 25-20,25-) in one of their toughest fixture of the tournament to bag in their eight African title.

The two teams put behind their early morning troubles in their entertaining match played late evening.

Dressed in a lovely white white, green and red top and a matching red shorts the Africa Queens got into the court with high expectations from the fans and they never disappointed in the first service bagging a point through Evelyn Makuto.

Kenya went ahead, 4-3 but Cameroon leveled scores at five ups only for the host to score three quick points take an 8-6 lead at the first technical timeout before widening the gap 16-11 at the second technical timeout. Kenya took the first set 25-22.

Cameroon made a change late into the first half, pulling setter Baran Bissene for Koulla Hentirtte who made a great difference in the opening minutes of second half which saw the visitors take 8-5 lead at the first technical timeout.

Kenya chased the west Africans, trailing 9-6, 10-7 and 12-7 prompting coach David Lung'aho to call for a time out.

The local's chase paid off at the 26th service when they leveled things up 13-13 after Easter Wengeci had replaced a vividly tired Violet Makuto.

Kenya lead 16-13 st second technical timeout. Cameroon tried coming back in the game narrowing Kenya's lead 17-19 but a poor service by Tatchou Nyoyo gave Kenya a chance to open two points lead to eventually win the second set 25-20.

With everything going against them, the crowd, the board, Cameroon had clearly lost any hope of a comeback, leave a lone winning in bullish Kenya's backyard in this third set. Kenya took a 5-2, 6-3, 8-3, 10-5 and 16-8, Kenya were clearly the new continental winners.

They wrapped up the set with a 25-22 to win their eighth Africa trophy. Nairobi County senator, Mike Mbuvi 'Sonko' rewarded the team with Ksh. 300,000 Egypt wins first match Algeria surrendered a 1-0 lead to allow their neighbors, Egypt beat them 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-19, 26-24).

This was the first win for Egypt that lost their three opening matches in the hands of Kenya, Cameroon and Senegal.

Egypt who lost Ahmed Farah (ankle) in the third set and Elshamy Aya who twisted her knee in the fifth set recovered to take the last set 15-12.

This was after they've lost the opening set 20-25 before recovering to take the second and third sets 25-21 and 25-19 only to go down again in the fourth set which Algeria won 26-24 Tunisia beat Senegal 3-1 (25-14, 25-16, 16-25, 25-22)