YAOUNDE, Cameroon- Malkia Strikers will be out to avenge their bitter defeat to Egypt in the Olympics qualifiers last year when the two teams meet in the semis of the ongoing 2017 CAVB Women’s Africa Nations Championship at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaoundé.
The Pharaohs denied the Munala-coached side a chance at the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil after eliminating Kenya at the same stage.
As the two sides face off again in the first semi-final, Kenya as Pool B winners (where they finished unbeaten) and Egypt as runners-up from Pool A, Munala is calling for focus in the match he described as very tactical.
“There is a lot at stake at this championships, not only are we seeking a record 10th Africa title, but also a place at next year’s world championships,” Munala remarked.
“To be in the position where we can start thinking of a title and global appearance. There is need to defeat Egypt on Friday who are among the top teams in the championships,” he added.
Despite Munala’s side thrashing Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17) in the CAVB Zone V World Championships Qualifiers held in Nairobi two months ago, the experienced tactician warns his players against being contended.
With an impressive win ratio of 4-0 which includes wins against Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malkia Strikers are favourites to reach the finals.
Elsewhere, undefeated hosts, Cameroon will clash with Senegal in the other semifinal.
Friday order of events
Algeria v Nigeria
Tunisia v Botswana
Kenya v Egypt – 6pm
Cameroon v Senegal – 8pm