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19 October 2013
Kampala, Uganda, October 17, 2013- African champions Kenya and Uganda started victorious on day one of the FIVB World Championship Zone 5 (group Q) qualifiers after wins against Egypt and Tanzania respectively on Thursday. The games are taking place at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.
Two teams qualify from the event for the Continental final qualification due for January next year beside Kenya who lead the African teams in the FIVB ranking.
Kenya v Egypt 3-2 (25-16, 21-25, 17-25, 25-15, 15-13)
Everyone thought it would be easy for Kenya against Egypt in the opening day of the qualifiers for women in Kamala yesterday. But it wasn’t the case as the eight time African Champions were stretched by a relatively experienced Egyptians.
The reigning African champions took a comfortable 25-16 lead after claiming the first set in just 22 minutes. Egypt showed resilience as they endured the 28 minutes of the second set to win it 25- 21 to level matters.
Kenya struggled in the third set giving away easy 4 points on poor reception from Mercy Moim and Esther Wangeci. Egyptian Libero Nehal Ahmed tormented the Kenyans with her well timed cover every time she was on court. Egypt took the lead with 25-17 scores.
It was a breath of fresh air as Kenya were leading 8-7 by the first TTO of the fourth set, by the second it 16-12, Kenya claimed it 25-15 to force a decisive set. The decisive brought the best out of the two sides in terms of reception attack, cover and defense, but eventually Kenya claimed it 15-13.
Uganda v Tanzania 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 30-28)
Uganda fought to claim three straight sets against a hard fighting Tanzania in just one hour and 30 minutes. Tanzania were never a humble pie for Uganda to chew, as they blocked and covered with zeal, their serves always had Uganda on the back foot.
Uganda claimed a comfortable 2-0 lead after scores of 25-20 in the first and second sets. But a stubborn Tanzania failed to control their nerves when they took a 19-24 lead in the third. Saidat Nnungi served six times to force deuce. Uganda composed themselves and eventually won the set 30-28. Tanzania showed a lot of improvement in their service, net defense and court cover
African volleyball queens survive accident in Kampala bus
2013 Women's African Nations Champions, Kenyan team had a difficult time on their way to Kampala for the qualifying tournament on Tuesday night. The girls - who have time and again brought glory to the nation with their impressive performances in the Africa Nations Cup - survived an accident on the Nairobi-Naivasha Highway.
Travelling by road, the African champions’ bus was slightly hit by a trailer heading to Mombasa at Kikuyu, delaying their journey for two hours.
Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. The team managed to proceed on their Modern Express Bus, reaching the Busia boarder at 8am Wednesday and Kampala shortly before 1pm. “It was a minor accident and we are all fine,” head coach David Lung’aho said.
Kenya retained the Africa Cup of Nations after beating all their opponents- Egypt, Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal and Algeria in the last month's African Nations Championship.
Kenya Volleyball fed. President Waithaka Kioni said they couldn’t have afforded to book a flight for the women’s team with tickets alone costing Sh600,000 to Kampala. “We also have the men’s team that will be leaving to Kigali in three weeks since can’t afford over Sh700, 000 for air tickets. It has been a huge burden for us.
The KVF chairman said the government only paid allowances for the junior players, who participated in the World Under-23 Championships in Mexico in addition to the air ticket for one coach.
Kenya team included some of the Kenya Prisons and the National Under-23 team players who arrived in the country on Monday and Tuesday from Switzerland and Mexico respectively. Those from the Under-23 team are Gaudencia Makokha (Nairobi Water) and Violet Makuto (Kenya Prisons).
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