Kenya and Tunisia renew rivalry in chase for World Championships ticket

21 February 2014

2014 Women's World championship- Pool U

 

 

 

Nairobi, Kenya, February 21, 2014-  Africa will know the first of its two teams to represent the continent in the Italy’s 2014 FIVB Women's World Championships after Kenya plays Tunisia in the African Qualifiers Pool “U” deciding match at Moi International Sports Center Nairobi on Saturday February 22, 2014.

 

 Kenya and Tunisia are tied on 12 points after each team won its four opening matches in the round robin tournament that is featuring six teams. But Kenya is placed on top of Tunisia with superior sets ratio of 1.66 against 1.47.

 

 Winners of the deciding match claim one of the two tickets reserved for Africa at the World Championships that would be held in Italy September 23 to October 12, 2014.   

 

 The two teams return to the venue exactly six months after they clashed in the African Cup of Nations last September. Kenya defeated Tunisia in straight sets to win their eighth continental title before home fans.

 

 Kenyan coach David Lungaho is confident that his flamboyant girls would do a repeat performance and defeat the ambitious North Africans again.

 

 "We have played against Tunisia many times and they have never beaten me, I don't want this to be the first time," "Lungaho told journalists during press conference after Kenya beat Seychelles 3-0 sets to record their fourth straight victory.

 

 Lungaho who is one of the longest serving national teams’ coaches in Africa has retained the same squad that defeated Tunisia in their last meeting.

 

 They include Captain Bracksides Khadambi, Mercy Moim, Jane Wacu, Everline Makuto, Elizabeth Nafula, Ruh Jepngetich, Janet Wanja and Diana Khisa. Centre Joan Chelagat is the only new face in Lungaho team that is seeking its sixth appearance at the World Championships.

 

 Lungaho hopes that his powerful attacker Moim, who was named MVP during the last African Cup of Nations would overcome the grief of losing her mother and help Kenya qualify for the worlds.

 

 "Moim wants to see Kenya qualify for the World Championships and she has assured that she would be with us on Saturday," he said.

 

 Moim's mother passed on one day before Kenya met Seychelles in their fourth match of the tournament on Thursday. She managed to play against Seychelles.

 

 Unlike the Kenyan squad that remains unchanged, Tunisia coach Messelimani Mohammed has left out star players who were in Nairobi last August.

 

They include outside hitter Nihel Ghoul and setter Maroua Brahoum who starred for the team during the African Cup of Nations.

 

 Mohamed said: "The match between Tunisia and Kenya would very tough considering that a world ticket is on offer. The Kenyan team is strong but my players are ready to play their hearts out. The four wins they have recorded have improved their confidence although they played against modest opposition."

 

 Mozambique would seeking their first victory of the tournament when they take on Seychelles in the first match of the day at 12pm. Uganda who have two victories face Senegal in the second match of the final day that would be broadcast live on Zuku Sports Channel 300 HD. The last match between Kenya and Tunisia will also be live on the television station.

 

Results

 

Day 1 Feb 16

Mozambique 0 Tunisia 3 (11-25, 12-25, 14-25)

Kenya 3 Uganda 0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-14)

Senegal 3 Seychelles 1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22)

 

Day 2 Feb 17

Uga 3 Sey 2 (19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 15-12)

Sen 1 Tun 3 (17-25, 25-23, 23-25, 15-25)

Ken 3 Moz 0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-19)

 

Day 3 Feb 19

Moz 1 Uga 3 (19-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-25)

Sey 0 Tun 3 (22-25, 20-25, 19-25)

Sen 1 Ken 3 (19-25, 12-25, 25-17, 11-25)

 

Day 4 Feb 20

Uga 0 v Tun 3 (14-25, 8-25, 19-25)

Moz 0 v Sen 3 (13-25, 14-25, 14-25)

Ken 3 v Sey 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-11)

 

Day 5 Feb 22

12pm: Sey v Moz

2pm: Sen v Uga

4pm: Tun v Ken

 

 

Standings

Rank

Team

Points

Matches

sets

scores

Won

Lost

Won

Lost

Ratio

Won

Lost

Ratio

1

KENYA

12

4

0

12

1

12.00

317

191

1.66

2

TUNISIA

12

4

0

12

1

12.00

323

219

1.47

4

SENEGAL

6

2

2

8

7

1.14

319

319

1.00

3

UGANDA

5

2

2

6

9

0.67

284

323

0.88

5

SEYCHELLES

1

0

4

2

12

0.17

289

352

0.82

6

MOZAMBIQUE

0

0

4

1

12

0.08

195

323

0.60

 

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By Oscar Pilipili, KVF press officer 



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