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18 February 2014
2014 Women's World championship- Day1 Pool U
Nairobi, Kenya, Fenruary 16, 2014- Kenya, Tunisia and Senegal won their opening matches as the 2014 FIVB Women’s World Championships Qualifiers Africa Group 2 (U) started at Moi International Sports Center in Nairobi yesterday.
Kenya defeated Uganda in straight sets of 25-16, 25-10, 25-14
Senegal defeated Seychelles 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22) in an entertaining four setter thriller that kept fans on their toes in the second match of the day.
Tunisia won their first match of the tournament after they easily breezed past inexperienced Mozambique in straight sets of 25-11, 25-12 and 25-14.
The match between Kenya and Uganda attracted a huge crowd who expected a titanic battle considering that the team from Kampala camped in Netherlands for two weeks.
Kenya starting line had Jane Wacu, Everline Makuto , Esther Wangeshi, Ruth Jeplengetich, Mercy Moim Bracksides Khadambi, and Elizabeth Nafula.
Ugandan coach paraded Irene Adeke, Eunice Amuron, Moreen Mwamula, Milly Laker, Saidat Nnungi, Agaaba Astreed and Flavia Nandawula as his first six charges.
The Ugandans had little to show off from their tour of The Netherlands as they were outclassed throughout the match.
Ugandan coach Peter Lakony said: “This was the first match for my team but unfortunately they started on a slow note. Kenyans were very fast and they deserved to win the match. I hope my team would pick up as the tournament progresses and win some matches.
Kenyan coach David Lung’aho said: “Ugandans are improving with time and this is good because if they rise the standards of volleyball in the region and Africa as a whole would go up. My players didn’t play very well and they were not badly off but a win is the most important thing.”
The match between Kenya and Uganda was relayed live by Zuku Sports Channel 300 HD.
The first two matches were recorded for delayed broadcast. More matches are lined up for live broadcast.
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By Oscar Pilipili, KVF press officer
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