Quarterfinal lineup decided at African Club Championship

9 November 2012

Cairo, Egypt, April 30, 2011 – The quarter-final places at the 2011 Men’s African Club Championship have all been filled as the fight for a place at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Club World Championships continues in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday.


Al Ahly of host country Egypt and National University of Rwanda from pool A were the first side to qualify on Day Two of the tournament, and were subsequently joined by Prisons (Kenya), Port de Douala (Cameroon) from Pool B, El Guish (Egypt), Setif (Algeria) from Pool C, Blida (Algeria) and FAP (Cameroon) from Pool D after the third and last day of the preliminary round on Saturday.

 The quarterfinal matches 1-8 positions will be held at Abdalla El Faysal hall on Monday.

 The success of those teams leaves the following sides to contest the 9-16 brackets on Tuesday: Al Nahda (SUD), OSB (NGR), GSU (KEN), Redskins (LES), Inter Club (CGO), Saggana (SUD), Rukinzo (BUR) and Daim Hamad (SUD).

 The eventual champions will earn a spot at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship, set to take place later this year in Qatar.

Pool A


 The host team Al Ahly of Egypt continued their winning rhythm for the third match in row and overpowered National University of Rwanda 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-16). Although it was the most difficult match for Ahly they succeeded to dominate through the efficient setter Alexander

 The victory gave the top of the pool for Ahly with a win- loss ratio of 3-0 and the Rwandan team finished second (2-1).

 Al Nahda of Sudan outclassed Redskins of Lesotho 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 33-31) to achieve the only victory in the first round. The Sudanese team developed their attacks through their wing spikers to win the first and second sets before Redskins played their best in the third set before Nahda won narrowly 33-31.

 The Sudanese team finished third (1-2) and Redskins fourth (0-3)

Pool B


 Prisons kept their clean sheet when they trounced Inter Club of Congo Brazzaville 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-17) in one side game overwhelmed by winners. Prisons deployed their solid block against Inter attacks and arranged their combination that deceived their opponent to win in straight sets.

 Prisons finished the pool matches with the full record 3-0 leaving Inter Club at the third position (1-2)

 Port de Douala of Cameroon clinched the second ticket of the pool to the quarterfinal when they flew past Daim Hamad of Sudan 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-20)

. Port finished second of the pool (2-1) and Daim Hamad fourth (0-3)  

Pool C

Al Guish of Egypt completed the hosts success when they clinched their third victory of the pool over Al Saggana of Sudan 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-9). With a variable line up through the match Al Guish kept their dominance and led widely to lead the pool with the full record (3-0) leaving Al Saggana at the bottom of the pool (0-3).

  Setif of Algeria clinched the second ticket of the pool following their straight sets victory over Rukinzo of Burundi (25-20, 25-23, 25-15). Although the Burundi team emerged frequently through the match but the Algerians won the critical points to won in straight.

 Setif finished second of the pool (2-1) and Rukinzo third (1-2). 


Pool D


 Pool D was the most exciting as it showed the sesciscive matches on the last day and Blida of Algeria and FAP of Cameroon clinched the quarterfinal tickets at the last gasp.

 FAP of Cameroon fought for more than 2 hours to overcome Sunshine brothers of Nigeria 3-2 (26-28, 25-21, 26-28, 25-21, 15-12). FAP improved their record to 2-1 to finish second of the pool, while OSB ended at the bottom of the pool (1-2) 

 Blida (ALG) struggled to defeat GSU of Kenya 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-17, 34-32). Blida finished at the top of the pool with the point ratio ahead of FAP while GSU finished third.