Egypt’s Al Ahly roared on by the home crowd brushed aside Tunisia’s Carthage with an impressive 3-0 straight sets victory in the final of the women’s Africa Club Championship played in Cairo, Egypt on Thursday night.
Ahly made history in the process as they clinched their ninth African title, the highest of all the current and past participating teams. They sent a statement of intent from the go by rushing to a 16-5 lead before Carthage called for a time out. This did little to alter the shape of the match as Ahly comfortably sealed the first set 25-9.
Carthage, who were the defending champions seemed to have found their rhythm in the second set. The Tunisians pushed their opponents to the limit although they narrowly lost the set 27-29. A response was needed from them to salvage this match but Ahly proved to be too strong. Just like the first set the Egyptian side put them to the sword in an emphatic 25-8 set win.
This capped off an impressive performance by Ahly who reclaimed the title that they last won in 2016. Their route in the knockout stages started with a flawless run with victory over Nigeria’s Customs before breaking five time champions Kenya Pipeline hearts in the semi-finals. The Tunisian side did their part by beating Kenya Prisons to ensure that the Kenyans would only battle for bronze in this competition.
Final Ranking (As per CAVB)
1. Al Ahly (Egypt) 2. Carthage (Tunisia) 3. Kenya Pipeline (Kenya) 4. Kenya Prisons (Kenya) 5. Rwanda Revenue Authority (Rwanda) 6. Bafia (Cameroon) 7. Shams (Egypt) 8. Customs (Nigeria) 9. Nkumba University (Uganda) 10. INJS (Cameroon) 11. Vision (Uganda), 12. Chlef (Algeria) 13. Nyong (Cameroon) 14. Harare city (Zimbabwe) 15. FAP (Cameroon) 16. Asec (Ivory Coast) 17. DGSP (CGO), 18. Douanes (Burundi), 19. BDF 6 (Botswana)