Al Ahly book Menís World Club Champ spot with tenth African crown

9 November 2012

Cairo, Egypt, May 7, 2011 – Al Ahly of Egypt captured their second consecutive and ten in total men’s African title after defeating their Prisons of Kenya in straight sets 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-10) at Al Ahly club hall in Cairo, Egypt on Saturday to book a place in the FIVB Men’s Club World Championships for a second successive year.

El Guish of Egypt secured the bronze medal after they flew past the struggling University of Rwanda 3-0 .


 After the final CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani accompanied by Al Ahly Club President Hassan Hamdy presented the cup and the gold medals to winners and the silver medals to Prisons in presence of the guests of honor the soccer legend Mahmoud El Khateeb, the Organizing Committee President Hesham Said and most of CAVB and Ahly Board members.

 Al Ahly represented the continent in the last year’s edition in Doha, Qatar and will be ready to improve their fifth position finish when they take on the competition next October.

 Al Ahly also ended their Prisons dreams of being the first club ever to qualify for the Club World Championship in both genders after their women counterparts qualified last month after they crowned African champions, but the silver medal will stand as the best ever finish for a Kenyan club in the history of the competition.


 An impressive crowd of 4,000 watched Al Ahly claims their tenth African title since 1982.


Final: Al Ahly (EGY) vs. Prisons (KEN)

Al Ahly swept Prisons of Kenya 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-10) in an easier than expected match lasting only 54 minutes. The competition Most Valuable Player (MVP) Mahmoud Raouf was the key factor of the victory not only with his unstoppable hits but also with his razor sharp service.

 The match started with a disciplined block from Ahly led by Abdel Latif Osman and Ahmed Kotb who didn’t allow the prisons player to use their strategy of depending on the wing spikers and thus Al Ahly led 8-5 at the First Technical timeout FTT. Ahly continued with the sharp service of Mahmoud Raouf and Kotb to score 5 successive forcing Prisons coach to make two early substitutions but the Egyptians stayed ahead till the STT 16-8. Ahly continued their superiority using the disturbed Kenyan defense till they won the set 25-13.  

 Prisons improved their reception and backline defense relatively in the second set but Ahly continued putting the pressure through the service as well as the solid block of Mamdou Abdel Moneim and Abdel Latif Osman to win the set 25-16.

 The third set was one side towards Ahly side as they won widely 25-10 using the disturbed defense of Prisons.


Bronze Medal match El Guish (EGY) vs. National University (RWA)

El Guish of Egypt cruised past National University of Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-14) in 61 minutes. The Rwandan team delayed to arrive to the court and played without three of the key players and thus they appeared with a completely less performance than their semifinal against Prisons. El Guish played with their full power and used their sharp spike service to disturb the Rwanda defense all through the match. The opposite Mohamed Gabal and the setter Ahmed Samir were the match stars and led their team to its second best ever finish after the silver medal in 2007.  


Best Players

Best Receiver:

No. 5 Denis Onsomu (Prisons- Kenya)

Best Setter:

No. 10 Alexander Shane (Ahly- Egypt)

Best Digger:

No. 12 Peter Kibata (Prisons- Kenya)

Best Server:

No. 9 Guma Yakan (University- Rwanda)

Best Blocker:

No. 9 Rashad Shebl (El Guish- Egypt) 

Best Attacker:

No. 15 Ahmed Kotb (Ahly- Egypt)

The Most Valuable Player MVP:

No. 7 Mahmoud Raouf (Ahly- Egypt)


Final Ranking Results

1-2 Al Ahly (EGY) x Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-10)

3-4 El Guish (EGY) x National University (Rwanda) 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-14)

5-6 FAP (CMR) x Setif (ALG) 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19)

7-8 Port (CMR) x Blida (ALG) 3-2 (25-21, 17-25, 19-25, 25-23, 15-12)

9-10 GSU (KEN) x OSB (NGR) 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 19-25, 25-16)

11-12 Inter Club (CGO) x Daim Hamad (SUD) 3-2 (21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-15, 15-9)

13-14 Redskins (LES) x Rukinzo (BUR) 3-1 (25-21, 25-18, 13-25, 25-22)

15-16 Al Nahda (SUD) x Al Saggana (SUD) 3-2 (25-11, 20-25, 25-21, 23-25, 17-15)


Results and Ranking

Final Ranking

  1. Al Ahly (Egypt)
  2. Prisons (Kenya)
  3. El Guish (Egypt)
  4. National University (Rwanda)
  5. FAP (Cameroon)
  6. Setif (Algeria)
  7. Port Douala (Cameroon)
  8. Blida (Algeria)
  9. GSU (Kenya)
  10. OSB (Nigeria)
  11. Inter Club (Congo Brazzaville)
  12. Daim Hamad (Sudan)
  13. Redskins (Lesotho)
  14. Rukinzo (Burundi)
  15. Al Nahda (Sudan)
  16. Al Saggana (Sudan)