NAIROBI, Kenya- Kenya Prisons head coach, David Lung’aho believes the ultimate fight for the Africa Women Club Volleball Championships glory will boil down to an internal Kenyan affair at Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt.
Prisons and domestic arch-rivals and national champions; Kenya Pipeline, have been in imperious form at the continental showpiece thus far, punching their tickets to the last four of the competition.
“So far so good. The teams are prepared for their semis tonight (Tuesday). They are assured of victory going by their level of fitness.
“The matches will be tough but we are not taking our opponents for granted. Hopefully, Prisons and Pipeline will meet in the final this time round,” Lung’aho underlined.
The Kenyan outfits cruised to victories in their quarterfinal matches held on Monday night.
Seven-time champions, Pipeline, edged out Bafia of Cameroon in a 3-2 thriller while five-time winners, Prisons, beat Rwanda Revenue Authority in straight sets of 3-0.
Pipeline grabbed their semifinal spot after posting 25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6 in the sets against resolute Bafia.
Both teams showed technical skills characterized by great saves and long rallies in the hotly contested encounter.
Passionate Bafia were able to make a comeback in the game twice after launching a series of crucial blocks.
However, Pipeline, who had an excellent defence on the back court capitalised on experience to beat the Cameroonians.
Prisons easily jogged to the semis after they overcame the Rwandese 25-11, 25-17, 26-24 in the sets.
Captain Mercy Moim, Everlyn Makuto, Edith Wisa, Lorine Chebet, Joy Luseneka and Emmaculate Chemtai made the starting line-up for Lung’aho who had no pressure in the one-sided affair.
Pipeline are poised to take on hosts Ahly in the first semifinal this evening while Prisons will tackle defending champions, Carthage, of Tunisia afterwards.
Ahly crushed Customs of Nigeria 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 29-27) to sail to the semis while Carthage beat El Shams of Egypt 3-1 (25- 8, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23) to book a semifinal berth.
Today’s Semifinal fixtures
Kenya Pipeline Vs Ahly (Egypt)
Prison Kenya Vs Carthage (Tunisia)
Prisons v Revenue (RWA) 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 26-24)
Pipeline v Bafia (CMR) 3-2 (25-12, 23-25, 25-14, 23-25, 15-6)
Carthage (Tunisia) v El Shams (Egypt) 3-1 (25- 8, 20-25, 27-25, 25-23)
Ahly (Egypt) v Customs (Nigeria) 3-0 (25-13, 25-9, 29-27)
Classification results for position 9 to 16
DGSP (CGO) v BDF 6 (BOT) 3-2 (25-18, 22-25, 25-11, 23-25, 15-11)
Nkumba (UGA) v Asec (CIV) 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-15)
INJS (CMR) v Nyong (CMR) 3-0 (25-14, 25-9, 25-19)
Chlef (ALG) v FAP (CMR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-22)
Classification results for position 17 and 18
Vision (UGA) v Harare city (ZIM) 3-1 (25-11, 25-20, 17-25, 25-15)