Kenya’s hopes of clinching the Women’s Africa Club volleyball championship title, after five years of missing out, went up in flames when representatives Kenya Pipeline and Kenya Prisons bundled out of the competition at the semi-final stage. Both teams were shown the door by North African competitors and Kenya will have to go back to the drawing board and devise a winning formula for the championship.
The two are set to play each other in the third place play-off game, while Carthage and Ahly will face off in the final. Pipeline’s performance is an improvement from last year’s performance where they finished fifth as they are set to finish in the top four.
Prisons will fight to retain their third place when they face Pipeline who have dominated in the local league. Prisons were first to crush out of the championship after succumbing 3-1 (15-25, 25-22, 23-25, 21-25) to defending champions Carthage of Tunisia.
“Carthage is a very good team. They were much stronger at the end of every set but all the sets were closely fought,” said coach David Lung’aho after the match. Pipeline suffered the same fate, losing to hosts and seven time continental champions Ahly in similar set scores 3-1(22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-8).
The two on Saturday rounded off their preliminary matches with convincing wins to top their pools as Prisons secured a 3-0 (25-16,25-17,25-14) win over Cameroon’s INJS in Pool D while Pipeline also beat another Cameroonian side FAP 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) in their final Pool C match.
Prisons had previously won their matches against Nigeria Customs Club 3-0( 25-10,25-15, 25-15), Cote d’Ivorie’s Asec 3-0 (25-7,25-17,25-12)and Burundi’s DOUANES 3-1(25-15,25-5,23-25,25-11). Pipeline on their part defeated hosts Shams 3-0 ( 25-23,25-22,25-22) in their opening fixture, and followed their win with another 3-0(25-6,25-10,25-13) win over Democratic Republic of Congo’s DGSP.