CAIRO, Egypt – National champions, General Service Unit (GSU) beat Aviation of Egypt 3-1 in a fifth to eighth-place classification contest at the ongoing Cairo 2018 CAVB Africa Men’s Volleyball Championships in Egypt on Tuesday.
The paramilitary side prevailed over the hosts in sets of 21-25, 25-18, 25-16 and 25-19 to inch closer to a fifth finish after the sides were eliminated from the main competition at the quarterfinals on Monday night.
Kenya Prisons and Benighazi of Libya are the other teams vying to fill the order of slots for losing quarter finalists at the continental showpiece.
At the last eight GSU were beaten 3-1 by hosts and defending champions, Al Ahly, as Prisons lost by straight sets to another Egyptian side, El Guish.
Al Ahly made their intention to retain the title known by overcoming the paramilitary side; 25-12, 25-15, 26-28 and 25-10 in what left the Kenyan side with a sense of de javu after losing to the Egyptians in a similar manner two years ago.
“We had planned for revenge but unfortunately our strategy did not work. We live to fight another day,” GSU head coach, Gideon Tarus, underlined.
Team Manager, Nicholas Kimeli, noted he was impressed by their performance since half of the players were making their debut at the continental showpiece.
Prisons’ plan to make it to the semi-finals was also smoked out by El Guish who whitewashed the Kenyan outfit 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20.
“Our intention was to better last year where we were placed sixth. Unfortunately, our opponents got their act together but we still have hope we will win the trophy in the near future,” Prisons Team Manager, Hassan Tari, underscored.
Somuah of Egypt and Sewhly of Libya also booked their tickets to the semi-finals after edging Aviation and Benighazi.
Somuah overcame Aviation 3-2 (20-25, 28-26, 25-22, 18-25 and 15-10) in a marathon battle that lasted for 137 minutes while Swehly fought hard to outclass local rivals Benighazi, 3-1 (25-14, 25-19, 22-25, 25-23).
Ahly were poised to meet Somuah in an all Egyptian semifinal on Tuesday night as dark horses, Swehly, takes on El Guish in the last four clash.
Meanwhile, FAP of Cameroun beat Espoir of Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 (25-23, 26-24 and 25-19) in a ninth to 12th place classification tie while Wolaitta Dicha of Ethiopia lost 3-1 to DGSP of Congo (23-25,25-22,17-25 and 19-25) in the 21st to 24th placing encounter.