Pipeline lands tough pool in Tunisia

By elvince joshua
Apr 19, 2021
  • Kenya Pipeline players.

Kenya Pipeline women's Volleyball opened their campaign of the Africa women’s club Cup Championship on a high winning their opening match 3-0 over APR of Rwanda. Pipeline is drawn in a tough pool D alongside Algerian giants, Chlef, APR of Rwanda and FAP of Cameroon in the ongoing Women's Club Cup championship which served off Saturday in Carthege, Tunisia.

The however started on a good foot, looking to better their fifth finish last year-their worst performance at the continental stage.

FAP is a common name on the lips of Kenya volleyball fans especially after their men beat Kenya Prisons (Men), twice in the male competition-also held in Tunisia.

Prisons, the defending champions paired Elshams (Egypt), Bafia of Cameron, Bejaia from Algeria in pool B where they are expected to progress to the next stage without much a do.

The five times Africa winners in a row are expected to successfully defend the title even though they may not represent Africa at the World Club Cup Championship slated in Zurich even if they win their sixth trophy in a row.

The Federation of International Volleyball ,FIVB scrapped the automatic qualification criteria for Africa continental winners, ruther subjecting Africa to a play-off with a European team.

Lung'aho has a relatively stronger squad compared to the one that lost a match last year in Madagascar following the return of Lydia Maiyo to the side.

He will, however be missing Loyce Tarus who is out on maternity leave.

Ontere's team win Bronze in Romania

Kenyan International James Otere finished the Romanian Cup Champion on a high, steering his team Dainamo Bucarest to a Bronze finish.

Ontere, a former Kenya Airport Authority (KPA) attacker however did not finish the game after he sustained an injury against Craiova, the side that finished second ahead of Dainamo the in regular rounds.

Dainamo had lost in the semis to the current champions Constanta Tomis 3-1 (18-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21), the former side of Kenyan International Philip Maiyo’s who is currently based in Turkey.

This was a big achievement for Ontere who joined Dainamo early this year, steering the side to 3-1 aggregate win, playing two away and once at home.

Full draw of lots Pool A: Carthage-Tunisia, Nkumba-Uganda, Injs-Cameron, Watersport-Ethiopia Pool B: Prisons-Kenya, Elshams-Egypt, Bafia-Cameron, Bejaia-Algeria Pool C:, GSP-Algeria, Ndejje-Uganda, Manga sport-Gabon, US Carthage-Tunisia Pool D: Pipeline-Kenya, Chlef-Algeria, APR-Rwanda, FAP-Cameroon