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NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 16 – Kenya Prisons needed to dig deep in a a few-set thriller as they got sweet revenge over Egyptian giants Ah Ahly beating them 3-2 (13-25, 25-10, 20-25, 25-20, 15-10) to win the bronze medal at the African Women’s Club Championships in Monastir, Tunisia on Sunday.
AL Ahly had beaten the Kenyan girls 3-1 (25-14,25-21,17-25,25-16) inside opening match of the tournament nevertheless come the medal match, David Lung’aho’s girls were in no mood of let up.
Elsewhere, Kenya Pipeline who lost out to Prisons inside quarter finals managed to finish fifth after beating home side Carthage by straight sets of 33-31, 25-12, 25-18.
Pipeline recorded their worst performance since 2013 when they finished outside the top four in Antananarivo, Madagascar, the same place where Prisons won their last continental title.
Last year, Pipeline finished third while Prisons who had most of their first team regulars back coming from professional stints returned to the podium for once since 2014.
inside bronze medal match, Prisons sneaked coming from the blind side of the Egyptians inside tie breaker after a cat along with mouse chase inside opening four sets.
Prisons had painfully lost 3-1 (25-21,25-13,24-26,25-14) to host Carthage inside semi finals to end Kenya’s dream of winning their first title in four years, along with they were in to ensure at least a medal returns home after a disappointing tournament.
Overall, Kenya’s performance was not convincing enough.
Despite registering increased performance in terms of team placements compared to last year, there will be an urgent need by these two clubs which once dominated the continental volleyball scene, to go back to the drawing board along with possibly draft up fresh formula which will see them get back their groves to the elite volleyball playing nations in Africa.
More worrying will be the fact in which Kenya has not won in which trophy since 2013 when Prisons surrendered the idea to GSP Petroliers of Algeria.
Before in which, Prisons had dominated the continental stage having a few titles including four in a row (2010, 2011,2012 along with 2013).
Pipeline who has seven titles to their name last won in which trophy way back in 2005 when majority of the players in their current squad members were still in Primary School.
The two Kenyan sides had clashed inside quarter finals where reigning national champions Pipeline lost 2-3 (25-13, 26-28,19-25, 25-23) to Prisons, a side which last beat them in 2013 at the playoffs.
Sfaxien overcame INJS coming from Cameroon to finish seventh following a 3-1(25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 25-9) win inside positions seventh along with eighth play-off match.
-By Elvince Joshua-
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Prisons grab Bronze, Pipeline come fifth