It is A Kenya Versus North African Affair in Africa Women’s Volleyball Championship as Nigerians Bow Out

Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons sides will take on North African opposition in the semi-finals of the ongoing Africa Women’s Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt.

Pipeline were made to work in the quarter-finals against Cameroon’s Bafia in their 3-2 sets win of  25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6. The win set up a last four clash against home favourite Al Ahly (Egypt) who whitewashed Nigeria’s Customs 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 29-27) on Monday.

In the other quarter-final Kenya Prisons stormed the last four after a solid 3-0 win over Rwanda Revenue Authority (Rwanda). Prisons, who are five time African Champions took the first two sets 25-11 and 25-17 respectively before being pushed all the way in a nail-biting 26-24 final set.

“We are still aiming for the ultimate prize, and I am glad we are still on course. The competition gets tougher with each stage because every next opponent is tougher than the previous one, but I hope we shall keep improving with each game and eventually achieve our ambitions,” Prisons coach David Lung’aho told Daily Nation.

Kenya Pipeline players pose for a photo before a training session at Kasarani Indoor Gymnasium. PHOTO|RONNIE EVANS

They will now face defending champions Carthage of Tunisia in the semi-finals set for Tuesday. Carthage made it to final four after edging home side Shams (Egypt) 3-1 (25- 8, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23).

These fixtures are tantalising on paper as Kenyan and North African sides have traditionally shared great rivalry whether it is a club or international level.

Fixtures (Semi-finals)

Kenya Pipeline (Kenya) v Ahly (Egypt), Kenya Prisons (Kenya) v Carthage (Tunisia)

Full collated results (Quarter-finals)

Kenya Prisons (Kenya) v Rwanda Revenue Authority (Rwanda) 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 26-24)
Kenya Pipeline (Kenya) v Bafia (Cameroon) 3-2 (25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6)
Carthage (Tunisia) v Shams (Egypt) 3-1 (25- 8, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23)
Al Ahly (Egypt) v Customs (Nigeria) 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 29-27)

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