Women Zone 5 (Pool Q) Egypt register first win as Kenya dismiss Uganda

19 October 2013

Kampala, Uganda, October 18, 2013- Former African champions Egypt registered their first win against Tanzania after a (25-10, 25-16, 26-24) on second day of the FIVB World Championships Group Q qualifiers at the MTN Arena Lugogo in Uganda. Kenya stretched their lead on the four team log with a 3-0 (22-25, 22-25, 21-25) over Uganda.


 The already qualified African champions Kenya improved their win- loss ratio to 2-0, while Egypt and Uganda became 1-1 and Tanzania dropped to 0-2.


 Kenya already secured a ticket to the finals as the top ranked African team in the FIVB ranking and will be joined by the top two teams from this tournament.


Egypt v Tanzania 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 26-24)


Egypt have had an easy ride with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-16, 26-24) sweet victory over Tanzania in the group Q of the women's FIVB World Championships qualifier match day two played at the MTN Arena Stadium, Lugogo.


It took coach Mohamed Hesham Badrawy's girls just 21 minutes to claim the first set with a 25-10 score line margin where power attacker Aya El Shamy took the majority points.


The trend was replicated in the second set that lasted 22 minutes. This time round, Tanzania bettered the set score with 16 but still ended up on the losing side 25-16.


Come the last set, Tanzania improved and nearly claimed the set but inexperience at the big stage cost them dearest. They led almost the entire set with a margin of at least two points until they collapsed at the death, Egypt winning 26-24.


 "I am prepared for the last game against Uganda. We surely need to qualify", remarked Egypt coach, Hesham Badrawy after the victory.


Uganda v Kenya 0-3 (22-25, 22-25, 21-25)


 Kenya defeated Uganda in straight sets of (25-22, 25-22, 25-21) to record their second victory in the qualifiers in 82 minutes.


Playing as undergoes Uganda had their moments in a game where short players like Saidat Nnungi, Eunice Amorun were seen scoring points by blocking seasoned superstars like Evelyne Makuto and Mercy Moim.


Kenya were made to sweat for every set they won as Uganda’s libero Flavia Ndawula covered well, setters Eunice Nuwabigaba and Vero Nyiramugisa kept the Kenyan defense on tenterhooks.


“They (Uganda) are improving each day that goes by, in no time they will be better than Ivory Coast, Senegal or even Seychelles, countries that have been playing volleyball for long,” said Kenya’s coach David Lung’aho


Kenya was scheduled to play Tanzania in the final tie on October 19, 2013; a match they needed to win to advance as Zone Five winners.