Zone 5 (Pool Q) Kenya top Zone 5 as Uganda shocks Egypt in World Champs Qualifier

22 October 2013

Kampala, Uganda, October 19, 2013-Uganda and Egypt joined Kenya to the final qualification Pools of the FIVB World Championship at the end of zone 5 Pool Q qualifiers. Kenya defeated Tanzania 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-11), while Uganda pulled off historical 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-19) against Egypt at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.    By the end of the 4 Nation round robin tournament, Kenya topped the zonal qualifier with the full mark 3-0 followed by Uganda with win- loss ratio of 2-1. Egypt came third with 1-2 ahead of Tanzania who came fourth (0-3).    Kenya already qualified to the finals as one of the top two African countries in the FIVB World Ranking along with Algeria and thus Uganda qualify as winner of Zone 5 and Egypt as runner up.      According to the drawing of lots done early this month Uganda will be drawn in Pool 2 of the finals, while Egypt will be drawn in Pool 1   Kenya v Tanzania 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-11)   Coach David Lung’aho decided to rest some of his stars  as Monica Biama Gaudecia Makokha, Violet makuto, Ruth Jepngetich Diana Khisa and Janat Wanja took the court in their final group Q game.   Tanzania who have been a tournament revelation despite not winning a game managed to score beyond 10 points.  Going down 25-11, 25-17 and 25-11 in all the three sets.   Kenya who have qualified as the top seeds from this seed now look to the final qualification berth as Tanzanian go back to embark on a journey that will promote and make the sport popular among locals.   “It has been a good outing for us,” is all Kenyan coach Lung’aho could say.   On the appointment of CAVB, Paul Bitok has really did some wonders with the girls from the east African coast,  and he leaves for Rwanda as proud man.   “I can say my team has been determined throughout the games we played and l can’t ask too much from, they did their best,” said Bitok.   Uganda v Egypt 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-19)   A result that send the MTN Arena Lugogo into wild cheers after Uganda pulled off the biggest win in the country’s 43 year volleyball Heritage.   Egypt came into this fixture with a number of injured players but that didn’t stop Uganda from walking the talk as they pulled off spectacular attacks.   Egypt struggled on service throughout the games as some were put in the net others served over. Uganda will have setter Eunice Nuwabigaba to thank, she carried the team like her own baby.   Irene Adeke was pain in Egypt’s attack with her blocks, liberos Shila Omuriwe and Flavia Nandawula provided good cover.   Astreede Agaaba, Maureen Mwamula, Saidat Nnungi and Eunice Amorun attacked like their lives depended on this game   “It’s too much, we worked so hard for this and finally prayers have been answered,” captain Prossy Alobo said.   Egyptian coach Hesham Badrawy didn’t talk to journalist citing vocal problems as his tearful sides looked on in disbelief     



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