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GSU Storm Quarters At Club Championships In Cairo

Kenya’s General Service Unit (in yellow) blocks a hit from Wolaitta of Ethiopia during their Africa Men Clubs Volleyball Championships at Al Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt, on March 28, 2018.PHOTO/CAVB
Kenya’s General Service Unit (in yellow) blocks a hit from Wolaitta of Ethiopia during their Africa Men Clubs Volleyball Championships at Al Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt, on March 28, 2018.PHOTO/CAVB
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CAIRO, Egypt- National champions, General Service Unit (GSU), thrashed Kampala from Uganda 3-0 to book a berth in the quarterfinals at the ongoing Africa Men Club Volleyball Championships in Cairo, Egypt.

The midmorning clash staged at Al Ahly Hall on Friday saw the paramilitary side beat the Ugandan outfit with straight sets of 25-16,25-21,25-20 to sail to the knock-out stage of the tournament.

The Kenyans have had a good run in the continental showpiece that began on March 27.

They soared over Olympique of Algeria, Wolaitta of Ethiopia and Port of Cameroun with similar straight sets.

The 2005 bronze medalists are poised to meet hosts Elgiesh on Saturday evening to complete their Group D fixtures ahead of rest day on Sunday.

Head coach, Gideon Tarus, who has praised his charges for the commendable show has urged his side to remain focus despite the victories.

“We still have a long way to go. We have to fight hard in the remaining match if we want to top the pool.

“The build-up matches we had at the start of the competition fined tuned us for the challenge,” underlined Tarus who is a former national team head coach.

“Our plan is to take one game at a time, we will intensify our focus on the medals once we reach the semi-finals,” Club’s Technical Director, Moses Epoloto, emphasized.

Revived hopes

The Kenyan side returned to the event after missing last year’s action in Tunisia. The team finished 17th overall in their last appearance in 2016.

At the same time, Kenya Prisons also recovered from a 3-0 loss against hosts, Al Ahly, in pool A to whitewash AS Police from Ivory Coast with same aggregate on Friday afternoon.

Prisons won with straight sets of 25-15,25-19, 25-18 to revive their hopes of qualifying for the quarterfinals.

Prisons won their opening two matches, beating Red Skins from Lesotho and Espoir of Democratic Republic of Congo, 3-0 each.

Elated Prisons tactician, Paul Muthinja, said he is hopeful to make it to the knock-out stage against Nemo Stars of Uganda on Saturday.

“The competition is very stiff since there are 24 teams in search of the coveted trophy, we hope to realize our target,” Muthinja underlined.


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