Favourites Egypt overcome Cameroon in epic battle

20 November 2012

Nairobi, Kenya, August 19, 2011- The second day of the 2011 Women’s African Nations Championship brings up a lot of thrills as heavy favorites Egypt made enormous strides towards winning their first match against the passionate Cameroon in Pool A epic five setter encounter which lived up to its earlier billing as the Pool of Death.


 Pool B featured a second victory for Tunisia who took over Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14) to top the pool after two days action.


 Senegal recovered after losing the first day against Algeria to hammer Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14).


 Nine teams are participating in the prestigious African championship and competing for the continental berth at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Cup to be held in Japan later this year.


Egypt beat Cameroon 3-2 (25-23,  29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12)


 The Egyptians emerged the better side in an epic, five-set battle lasting over two hours. They won the first two sets with slim margins of 25-23 and 29-27; then lost the next two sets to a determined Cameroon side by a score of 19-25 and 20-25. They used their superior all round skills, resolve and composure to win the fifth set 15-12 after taking an early lead at the start of the set, which they maintained until it ended in their favour.


The Cameroon team will rue their chances after allowing Egypt to rally from a six-point deficit when leading 23-17 to win the second set when all they needed was two points to take the set.


 Egypt who rested on day one of the Championships will play Nigeria on Friday at, while Cameroon will next play the hosts Kenya on Saturday in another anticipated mouth-watering encounter.


Early in Pool A Kenya secured their first victory against Nigeria in straight sets.


Tunisia beat Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14)


 Favourites Tunisia recorded their second straight victory following 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14) victory upcoming Rwanda. Rwanda who came without their Kenyan coach Paul Bitok played with a lot of determination but their efforts could not stop experienced Tunisians who were good all round.


 Tunisia win-loss record now stands at 2-0 while Rwanda are 0-1 in pool B.  


Senegal beat Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14)


 Senegal recovered to beat Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14) and bring their win-loss record to 1-1 after they lost to Algeria in Pool B on the opening day of the competition.


 Botswana who are new comers in African volleyball played well in the opening set but Senegal improved their blocks and attacks in the last two games to claim the match and record their first victory in the nine-team tournament.


The tournament is good training ground for teams that have qualified for All Africa Games to be played in Maputo, Mozambique next month.


Day 2 results

Pool A

Egypt v Cameroon 3-2 (25-23,  29-27, 19-25, 20-25, 15-12)


Pool B

Tunisia v Rwanda 3-1 (25-12, 25-14, 16-25, 25-14)

Senegal v Botswana 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-14)


Day 3 program

Pool A

2pm: Egypt v Nigeria


Pool B

12pm: Rwanda v Senegal

4pm: Botswana v Algeria



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