Al Ahly and Prisons set to play African Club Championship final

9 November 2012

 Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2011 – Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt will face off against Kenya Prisons in the 2011 Men’s African Club Championship final on Saturday after both sides won their semifinal encounters against El Guish and National University of Rwanda respectively.

 Prisons of Kenya proved their consistency to see off their opponents National University of Rwanda 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 21-19) in 127 minutes before Al Ahly of Egypt ended their compatriots El Guish dreams of a spot in the final with a straight sets (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) victory in the other semifinal.

  In the 5-8 brackets FAP of Cameroon meets Setif of Algeria for the 5 and 6 positions while Port of Cameroon take on Blida (ALG) after FAP hammered their compatriots Port 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-16) in 64 minutes while Setif cruised past their arch rivals Blida 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 17-15)


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


 The competition resume on Thursday with the play off 9 to 12 and 13 to 16 position matches while the competition will be finalized on Saturday with the final and bronze medal matches.  


Al Ahly (EGY) vs. El Guish (EGY)


 Ahly, who have nine titles to their name, overpowered El Guish 3-0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-19) in 64 minutes.

 In from of 4000 spectators most of them supporting Al Ahly El Guish had the upper hand at the start of the match due to their efficient spike services that weren’t tolerated by Ahly receivers and thus they led 8-6 at the first technical timeout and 16-13 at the STT. Ahly started their combinations led by the setter Alexander to draw 16-16 and 20-20. Ahly led for the first time 23-22 through a spike from Mahmoud Raouf and continued the same rhythm to win the set 25-23.

 El Guish experienced coach Foad Abdel Slam made some substitutions fielding up the Nigerian center Emmanuel Jatto and the wing spiker Mahmoud El Komy as they led at the start 5-3 before Ahly used the quick attacks through the centers Abdel Latif Osman and Mohamed Abdel Moneim to lead 8-7 at the FTT. Through the strong spike services Ahly went through to a wide lead 16-11 at the STT. Al Ahly blockers scored 7 successive points from 18-13 to win the set 25-13.

The third set went easily for Al Ahly players who become highly motivated after winning each point and they succeeded to win the set 25-19 and the match 3-0.


Prisons (KEN) vs. National University (RWA)


 Prisons of Kenya overcame the shaky start and saved 4 match points to fly past the highly potential National University of Rwanda 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21, 21-19) in 127 minutes of thrills and action. The best match in the competition attracted the emotions of more than 3500 spectators who were in their toes all through the match.

 Prisons began the match as the better side after they deployed their solid block against the attacks of the Rwanda team to lead 8-6 and 14-9. the Rwandan team used their strong attackers Guma Yakan and Ndamu Kunda to draw and lead consistently till they won the set 25-23. Prisons decreased their mistakes and in the same time they used their wing spikers Denis Onsomu and Jackson Mwambia to send their rockets from position 4 and succeeded to lead all through the set by 4 or 5 point deficit till they won the set 25-21 to draw 1-1 in sets.

 The Rwanda team regained their rhythm in the third set and improved their backline defense to lead after the first technical timeout using the efficacy of their spikers Eric Nsabimana and Guma to win the set after a great fight 25-23.

 The fourth set showed brave struggle from the Kenyan side as they hammered their opponent with a lot of spikes from all the net positions to win the set 25-21 and extend the match to tiebreak.

 The tiebreak went point by point with both teams leading and retarding until University led narrowly 8-7 at the court turn. With the mystery of the Rwandan setter Elie Mutabazi the his team led 10-8 and 13-10 before Prisons had a fantastic come back that allowed them to draw 14-14 and 16-16. The game went to the most exciting match moments when Prisons saved 4 match points to finally win the marvelous tiebreak 21-19.


Blida (ALG) vs. Setif (ALG)


 Setif of Algeria rebounded twice from a set behind to win the most thriller encounter of the day 3-2 (16-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23, 17-15) in 113 minutes. Blida looked better at the start of the match as they appear with a better reception and backline defense that allowed them to build up the attacks and develop the successful combinations. Setif emerged in the second set and fought well in attacks using their better block to win the set and bring the match back to draw 1-1. In the third set Blida came back with their sharp hits to win the third set before Setif rebounded for the second time to extend the match to tiebreak. The tiebreak was fluctuating all through till Setif had the best finish winning the set 17-15.    


FAP (CMR) vs. Port de Douala (CMR)


 FAP of Cameroon hammered their compatriots Port de Douala 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-16) in 64 minutes. FAP controlled the match from the start through their better block that succeeded to stop the attacks of their opponent. Although Port emerged and led many times in the second set, but FAP used the experience of their players to win the critical points finishing the set narrowly 25-23. In the third set the highly motivated FAP Players ended the job easily to win the match in straight.