CAIRO,Egypt – Kenya Prisons beat Nemo Stars of Uganda 3-0 to sail to the quarter-finals of Africa Men Club Volleyball Championships that is ongoing in Cairo, Egypt.
Prisons won the midmorning pool A match, played at the historic Al Ahly Hall on Saturday, with straight sets of 25-22,25-23,25-18.
The first and second sets were closely contested with both sides showcasing their skills and techniques as they fought for the remaining single slot for top eight.
The warders had an easy job in the last period as they did not give the Ugandans a chance to spike and make tactical serves that could have threatened their lead.
“I’m glad that we have successfully redeemed ourselves after going down to hosts Al Ahly on Thursday. Winning this decisive match has revived our hopes of bagging the trophy.
“Our plans and targets, which is to make it to the semi-finals in this event is still on course,” underlined Prisons head coach, Paul Muthinja.
The win propelled Prisons to the ranks of national champions, General Service Unit (GSU) and Libyan sides Ahly Beni Ghazi and Sewhly who have made it to the tournament’s knock-out stage.
The rest of the quarterfinalists are all Egyptian clubs including Smouha, Aviation, El Guish and defending champions Ahly.
Apart from Prisons, the rest of the teams confirmed their slots for the quarters a day before the end of the preliminary rounds on Saturday.
Kenya paramilitary side, GSU, were poised to meet El Guish on Saturday evening to determine who tops the highly contested pool D.
At the same time, Ahly Beni Ghazi maintained their steady performance to defeat Mwangaza of Democratic Republic of Congo 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-16) in Pool C.
This was the fourth match being won by the Libyan outfit that has resurged and is among the competition favorites.
Mwangaza are still looking for a first ever victory at the competition after losing their opening four matches.
Meanwhile, former national team player and head coach, Paul Bitok, emerged second best tactician at the Rwanda Sports Awards held in Kigali on Friday night.
Bitok, who is currently Rwanda’s men’s national volleyball team manager, was narrowly edged from the top prize by Magnel Sterling who has led the country to numerous trophies at the Tour de Rwanda and other international cycling events.
“I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who voted and supported me in the 2017/2018 awards.
“I’m humbled and once again feel more appreciated and honored for this win. May God bless you,” underscored Bitok while thanking his fans for voting for him.