YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon – Malkia Strikers underlined their intent to wrest back the continental crown when they secured top spot in Pool B in style at the CAVB Women’s Africa Volleyball Championships by blanking Tunisia 3-0 here on Tuesday night.
The rampaging Kenyans who stormed to their fourth victory on the bounce put the second ranked team in Africa, Tunisia to the sword before completing a dominant 25-17, 25-21, 25-16 victory in 73 minutes of exciting show at Palais des Sports Hall in Yaoundé.
Kenya maintained their unbeaten run to top the pool with a win- loss ratio of 4-0, while Tunisia dropped to 1-2 one day before the end of the first round.
Malkia dominated the net through the solid block of the centres; Edith Wisa and Brackcides Khadambi, so they made an advantage of 9-2 in areas of kill blocks.
The Kenyan big gun and skipper; Mercy Moim led the charge for Malkia with 13 points, while Jihen Mohamed led the Tunisians and match scorers with 14.
Kenya finished their pool matches with a 4-0 record to top the pool, followed by Senegal 2-1, while both Tunisia and Nigeria 1-2 ahead of winless Congo who came at the bottom of the pool with 0-3.
The second placed team in the pool will be determined after the last two matches on Wednesday when Nigeria play Senegal and Tunisia combat RD Congo.
Joining the charged Kenyans in the semis are heavy favourites Egypt who booked the third ticket to the last four when they set a stunning victory over dark horses, Botswana 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21).
Earlier, hosts Cameroon and Kenya confirmed their qualification to leave one place for the runner up of Pool B to be determined on the final day of the first round on Wednesday.
The competition is also 2018 World Championship qualifiers as the top two teams in the continental championship confirm berths to the prestigious FIVB competition.
Egypt raised their win- loss ratio to 2-0, equal to Cameroon who won also their two matches as both teams meet face to face on Wednesday to determine the leaders of Pool A. In the same Pool Algeria, meet Botswana for the third and fourth positions.
-Material from CAVB website used to compile this report.
Day 4 Results
Egypt v Botswana 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21).
Nigeria v Congo RD 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-15).
Kenya v Tunisia 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16).
Day 5 Programme
Pool A Botswana v Algeria
Pool B Tunisia v Congo RD
Pool B Nigeria v Senegal
Pool A Egypt v Cameroon