Men\'s African Club Championship down to final four

28 April 2012


 Tunisia, April 27, 2012 – The Egyptian duo of Al Ahly and Zamalek booked their places in the semifinals of the 2012 Men’s African Club Championship in Sousse, Tunisia on Friday as Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel and Algeria’s Borj Bou Arririj also came through their quarterfinal bouts.

Defending champions Ahly will now take on hosts Etoile du Sahel while Zamalek face Borj Bou Arririj for a place in the final.

The winners of the tournament will move on to the FIVB Men's Club World Championship set to be held in Doha, Qatar from October 13 to 19.

 Ahly cruised past Kenya Prisons in straight sets (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) as they qualified for the final four for the seventh time in row, while Etoile overcame hardly the struggling Algeria’s Bejaia 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18).

 Elsewhere Zamalek trounced the second Tunisian representative Esperance in straight sets (25-23, 25-21. 25-20) after performing their best in the competition till now. Algeria’s Bou Arririj outclassed El Guish (EGY) in straight sets using their unstoppable services.

 Ahly and Zamalek continued their winning rhythm and continued as the only teams who didn’t drop a set.


Quarterfinal 1-8

B Bouarrirj beat El Guish 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26)

Borj Bouaririj of Algeria downed El Guish (EGY) 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26) in 71 minutes using their efficient spikes specially from the opposite Toufik Mahdjoubi who hammered a lot of spikes from position 2 beside the efforts of Nkouka Abrahys in blocking from position 3.

 After losing the first set, the Egyptian improved their backline defense relatively but again they fell into a lot of service mistakes and lost a lot of points due to the blocking errors. The Algerian team was more motivated in the court and won the crucial points of the second and third sets with their potent spike services to win the match 3-1.

Ahly (EGY) beat Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21)

 Defending champions Ahly of Egypt cruised past Prisons of Kenya 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) in a match lasting 69 minutes. Prisons started the match very competitive with Micheal Chemos playing a great role as he sent his razor sharp hits from position 2 but Ahly succeeded to use the experience of their players to win first set. Ahmed Abdel Hay Salah played his usual part in spiking and serving efficiently to win widely the second set. Again Prisons came near in the third set after they disciplined their blocking but Ahly stayed with the upper hand to win the match in straight.

Etoile du Sahel (TUN) beat Bejaia (ALG) 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18)

 Hosts Etoile du Sahel rebounded back after losing the first set to take over Bejaia 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18) after a brave performance from the experienced center Chaker Ghzal and the veteran Noor Eddine Hfaidh. The fourth set featured also outstanding show from the opposite Marouan Garci who sent his sharp spikes from position 2 to win the crucial match 3-1

Zamalek (EGY) beat Esperance (TUN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20)

 A wonderful performance from the wing spiker Mohamed Abdel Moneim and the opposite spiker Reda Heikal led Zamalek to a respectable win against Tunisia’s Esperance 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20). The Tunisian team came close in the second set and led throughout by 5 points but quickly Zamalek arranged their backline defense that allowed them to build up the attacks through the superb attacker.    

Quarterfinal 9-16

 In the quarterfinal for 9 to 16 positions Ahly Ben Ghazi (LBY) fought for two hours to beat Mwangaza (RDC) 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 15-11) after a match showing a lot of thrills.

 On the other hand FAP (CMR) regained their rhythm and crushed Sun Shine (NGR) 3-1 (33-31, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23) after a fantastic first set.

GSU (KEN) took over Force Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 28-26) in a match showing a lot of improvement for Congo new comers

APR (RWA) surprised the attendance with unexpected win against the expereinced Ahly Tripoli (LBY) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18).

 The winners proceed to the 9-12 standings while the losers play for 13-16 ranking.


Play off 17- 20

In the ranking of 17 to 20 positions dark horses AS Voara (MAD) beat Manga Sport (Gabon) 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17), while Inter Club (Congo Brazzaville) overcame Omni Sport (CIV) 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15), the winners meet on Saturday for 17 and 18 positions and the losers compete for the 19th and 20th.


Quarterfinal Results

Quarterfinal -1-8 Positions

B Bouaririj (ALG) x  Guish (EGY) 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26)

Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Bejaia (ALG) 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18)

Ahly (EGY) x Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21)

Zamalek (EGY) x Esperance (TUN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-21. 25-20)


Quarterfinal 9- 16 Positions

Ahly Ben Ghazi (LBY) x Mwangaza (RDC) 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 15-11)

FAP (CMR) x Sun Shine (NGR) 3-1 (33-31, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23)

GSU (KEN) x Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 28-26)

APR (RWA) x Ahly Tripoli (LBY) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18)


Play off 17- 20 Positions

AS Voara (MAD) x Manga (Gabon) 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17)

Inter (Congo B) x Omni Sport (CIV) 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15)


Semifinal Programme on April 28

Semi-Final 1-4

Bouaririj (ALG) x Zamalek (EGY)

Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Ahly (EGY)

Play off 5-8

Guish (EGY) x EST (TUN)

Bejaia (ALG) x Prisons (KEN)

Play off 9-12

Ahly B Ghazi (LBY) x APR (RWA)


Play off 13-16

Mwangaza (RDC) x Ahly Tri (LBY)

Sun Shine (NGR) x F Terrestre (RDC)

Ranking 17-20

Manga (Gabon) x Omni Sport (CIV)

AS Voara (MAD) x Inter (Congo B)




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