Second win for favourite teams

22 April 2012

Sousse, Tunisia, April 22, 2012- The surprises and thrills continued on the second day of the 2012 Men’s African Club Championship as only 4 teams out of the 21 participating clubs secured the second win at Sousse, Tunisia on Sunday to proceed towards the quarterfinals which receives the top two teams of each of the four preliminary pools.  The organizer Etoile du Sahel, their compatriots Esperance, the defending champions Ahly of Egypt as well as Bejaia of Algeria set the second victory to raise their record to 2-0. Etoile led pool A while Ahly and Esperance led pool B, Ahly Tripoli topped pool C and Bejaia came ahead of pool D.

 The competition will be resumed on Monday with 9 matches in the four pools.   

Pool A

 The hosts Etoile du Sahel (TUN) continued their rhythm using the home crowd to secure their second victory against Ahly Ben Ghazi (LYB) 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17). The Tunisian team started with the main players and then their coach Fouad Kamoon started to use some substitutes who did well to continue their superiority.

 Etoile improved their record to 2-0 while Ahly Ben Ghazi dropped to 1-1

 Borj Bouaririj (ALG) continued their steady performance to take over AS Voara (MAD) 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-18). The Algerian team improved to 2-0 while AS Voara dropped to 0-2.

Pool B

Esperance (TUN) fought hardly to clinch a tight victory against GSU (KEN) 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 30-28). The Tunisian team faced a lot of critical points specially during the first and third sets but they passed this situation frequently to win in straight. The Tunisian team improved to 2-0, while GSU dropped to 1-1.

 Defending champions Al Ahly (EGY) continued the winning rhythm as they hammered Agosto (ANG) 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-14) to raise their record to 2-0, while the Angolan team dropped to 0-2.

APR of Rwanda regained their confidence after the opening defeat to beat Inter (Congo Brazzaville) 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-17). APR improved to 1-1 and Inter became 0-2.

Pool C 

 Heavy favourites Zamalek of Egypt clinched their first win against F Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-20). Zamalek coach Mohamed el Lakany tried to use most of his list after their easy victory in the first set and Terrestre succeeded to improve their defense specially in the third set when they came near continuously before losing narrowly 25-20.

Ahly Tripoli (LIB) crushed Omni Sport (CIV) 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-23) towards their first victory to improve their win- loss ratio to 1-1 while Omni Sport dropped to 0-2.   

Pool D

Bejaia of Algeria proved their consistency to achieve their second victory in a raw against Manga (Gabon) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19) to improve their record to 2-0 while Manga became 0-2.

FAP of Cameroon overcame the sluggish start as they hammered Mwangaza (Congo RD) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-15) to improve to 1-1 while Congo team became 0-1 after the first match


Day 2 Results  

Pool A

Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Ahly Ben Ghazi (LIB) 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17)

Borj Bouaririj (ALG) x AS Voara (MAD) 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 25-18)

Pool B

APR (RWA) x Inter (Congo Brazzaville) 3-0 (25-12, 25-12, 25-17)

Esperance (TUN) x GSU (KEN) 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 30-28)

Al Ahly (EGY) x Agosto (ANG) 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-14)

Pool C

Zamalek (EGY) x F Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-20)

Ahly Tripoli (LIB) x Omni Sport (CIV) 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-23)

Pool D

Bejaia (ALG) x Manga (Gabon) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-19)

FAP (CMR) x Mwangaza (Congo RD) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-15)


Day 3 Programme

Pool A

Borj Bouaririj (ALG) x Ahly Ben Ghazi (LIB)

Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Sun Shine (NGR)

Pool B

Al Ahly (EGY) x Esperance (TUN)

APR (RWA) x Agosto (ANG)

GSU (KEN) x Inter (Congo Brazzaville)

Pool C

Prisons (KEN) x Zamalek (EGY)

F Terrestre (Congo RD x Ahly Tripoli (LIB)

Pool D

El Guish (EGY) x FAP (CMR)

Mwangaza (Congo RD) x Bejaia (ALG)



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