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.
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.
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)