Prisons Kenya volleyball club has crashed out out of the title hunt after they lost to Carthage of Tunisia in the quarter finals of Women’s Africa Club Championships in Tunis, Tunisia.
Prisons were upbeat to reclaim the title and add to their sparkling success running up to 2013 when they won their fifth and last continental title in Nairobi. The former holders were chasing to catch up with Kenya Pipeline and Egypt’s Al Ahly, the most decorated clubs in Africa who tie in the number of continental trophies, seven each.
The five-time African champions, Prisons Kenya lost 3-1 to Carthage in sets of 25-19, 25-22, 25-27, 25-18, to crash out of the title chase. Their loss sets up the already qualified National champions Kenya Pipeline against home team Carthage in the semis. Prisons Kenya now faces Cs Sfaxien of Tunisia who were beaten by Pipeline in the fifth to eighth places playoffs. Prisons Kenya lost the trophy in 2014 to GSP Petroliers who were playing at home in Algiers, Algeria.
Meanwhile, underdog Rwanda Revenue Authority volleyball club under the tutelage of celebrated Kenyan coach Paul Bitok stormed the semis by handing Egypt’s El Shams a rude shock, defeating them 3-1 (25-21, 10-25, 29-27, 25-18) in the quarters. RRA is now pitted with defending champions Al Ahly in the last four. Al Ahly thwarted the 2014 winners GSP Petroliers of Algeria 3-2 (23-30, 23-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-6) in the quarters to advance.
“This is the first time for a Rwandese side to qualify for the semi final in the club championship. This is magnificent, the girls beat themselves and I am proud of them. The team did not have enough time to train together as a unit since some of the players were out in Nigeria competing in the recently concluded beach volleyball Rio Olympic Qualification tournament,” said coach Bitok who is rooting for an East African affair in the finals.