Egypt struggle past Kenya as Rwanda ease past Burundi

29 November 2013

Kigali, Rwanda November 26, 2013- Kenya proved that they can match the best when they wrestled reigning African Champions Egypt on day one of the FIVB World Championship zone 5 (Pool Q) qualification tournament held at Amahoro Sports Complex in Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday. Kenya might have lost to the North African 3-2 (25-23, 20-25, 17-25, 25-18, 13-15) but the performance from the East African side earned them respect. Rwanda eased past Burundi without much trouble 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-13)

 

Kenya v Egypt 2-3 (25-23, 20-25, 17-25, 25-18, 13-15)

 

Clad in white jerseys a Philip Maiyo inspired Kenya didn’t take long to claim the first 25-23 in a set Egypt did little on court cover and net defense. “We were so close all through, but made little mistakes the cost us,” said Philip Maiyo.

 

“We knew that Egypt are a strong force on the continent, but we want to qualify for the World Cup and a point off them is good enough,” said Philip Maiyo. “We were so close all throughout the game, but made small mistakes the cost us,” he added.

 

Maiyo, Mike Chemos, Solomon Masaba all made life difficult for Kenya. The North African regrouped forcing Kenya on the wall with a 25-20 performance. Kenyan tactician Gideon Chenje introduced setter Daniel Kaptoo for Elisha Ragot. Egypt claimed the third 25-17.

 

Then it looked like done and dusted, Kenya held onto a three point lead in the fourth they latter made it four with a 19-15 score line. Masaba made 20-15. Masaba dominated the fourth guiding Kenya to a 25-18 win forcing a decisive.

 

The tie breaker brought the best out of the two sides but Egypt stood tall to claim it 15- 13. “Kenya was spot on with their tactics, but we were the better side mentally, and it showed in the final stages of the game,” said Egyptian setter Hossam Yusuf.

 

Rwanda v Burundi 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-13)

 

To a full house in the Amahoro Sports Complex, Rwanda found life easy against Burundi as they breathed through the three sets 3-0. It was captain Mukunzi Christopher and Yakan Guma tormented Burundi with their attacker taking the first set 25-23.

 

The duo didn’t only lead with their attacker they also inspired Rwanda with their defense on the nest especially. It wasn’t long when they claimed the second 25-17. By the third set Burundi had lost zeal to fight back as Rwanda coach rested several first team players giving the players from the Under 21 side a run out. Rwanda won the set 25-13.

 

Results

Match No

Date

Teams

Set

Results per set (points)

Total Points

Time         

1

2

3

4

5

1

26-Nov-2013

EGY-KEN

3-2

23-25

25-20

25-17

18-25

15-13

106-100

 

2

26-Nov-2013

BDI-RWA

0-3

23-25

17-25

13-25

 

 

53-75

 

3

27-Nov-2013

UGA-BDI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

27-Nov-2013

RWA-EGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

28-Nov-2013

EGY-UGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

28-Nov-2013

KEN-RWA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

29-Nov-2013

UGA-KEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8

29-Nov-2013

BDI-EGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

30-Nov-2013

KEN-BDI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10

30-Nov-2013

RWA-UGA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Clive Kyazze from Kigali  

 



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