NAIROBI, Kenya- Mfalme Strikers head coach, Moses Epoloto, has once again rued the poor start against Ghana in the ongoing CAVB Men’s African Nations Championship in Cairo, Egypt after Kenya tumbled out of the quarterfinals of the competition.
Mfalme were stunned 3-0 by the West Africans and despite rallying to upset Libya 3-2 (25-16,25-20, 21-25, 21-25 and 12-15) in their last Pool B clash, it was the latter who joined group winners in the last eight at the expense of Kenya.
After losing to Ghana, Mfalme also went down in straight sets to Tunisia and against Libya, Epoloto’s men rallied from two sets down to win the tie breaker in a performance that put some gloss in their failed bid to make the knockout phase of the competition.
Kenya will thus not be among the three African teams that will make next year’s FIVB World Championships with the podium finishers in Cairo assured of a place at the global showpiece in Italy and Bulgaria.
“We showed resilience in staging a great comeback to eventually win the match. When you look at that performance, one has to feel bad in the manner we lost to Ghana,” lamented Epoloto.
“We have to look back and reflect on the tournament. This was a young squad with a lot to learn from. I’m happy we gave a better fight though it came too little, too late,” he added.
The victory improved Kenyan win- loss ratio to 1-2, however Kenya finished their matches at the fourth position of the pool with three points.
Although Libya lost their second match and finished with a win- loss ratio of 1-2 they secured a quarterfinal ticket after they were draw with Ghana, with four each.
But Libya were ahead in set ratio of 7-8 ahead of Ghana who had 5-6 set ratio.