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7 April 2013
Antananarivo, Madagascar, April 7, 2013- A purely Kenya clash between defending champions Prisons and the runner up Pipeline will highlight the quarterfinal action at the 2013 Women's African Club Championship due to be held on Monday April 8 at Palais des Sports Hall in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The two Kenyan rivals played the final of the last three editions of this competition in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and were favourites to repeat the same final in the current edition if both of them lead their preliminary pools. But Prisons lost for the first time in their favourite competition since 2009 against GS Petroliers (Algeria) in the last day of the preliminary round pool B after a thrilling encounter lasting more than two hours.
The defeat cost prisons to face their compatriots Pipeline early in the quarterfinal meaning that they can't now repeat the all Kenyan final happened for three consecutive times and only one of them can qualify to the final spot.
Pipelines are the record holders of this competition (7 titles) and lead pool C with a lean sheet of win- loss ratio 3-0, while prisons won 4 times in 5 years in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and qualify as second in pool B with 2-1 record.
Other quarterfinal matches will feature a strong encounter between MB Bejaia (Algeria) and FAP (Cameroon), where the Algerian team is hoping to write a new history and qualify to the semifinal, while Cameroonian team is ambitious to repeat the semis appearance for the second time and also to revenge their defeat in the last editions against the Algerian Chlef team.
Ahly (Egypt) seeks another glory when they meet the APR (Rwanda) in the quarterfinal as they had 5 titles to their name, the last in 2009. The Rwandan team seeks a first ever qualification to the semis in the history of the competition like their men's counterparts who had already done this achievement in 2005.
The Algerian GS Petroliers (ex named Mouloudia) want now to achieve their second gold in this competition with a fruitful line up made of the most important stars of the Algerian National team. They face competition dark horses Ndejje University (Uganda) who already have become the first Ugandan team to qualify to this stage in the competition.
Quarterfinal Program, April 8
15:00 Bejaia (ALG) X FAP (CMR)
17:00 Ahly (EGY) X APR (RWA)
19:00 GSP (ALG) X Ndejje (UGA)
21:00 Pipeline (KEN) X Prisons (KEN)