April 29, 2003 - Already confirmed as champions, the El-Ahly women's team of Egypt finished off the African Cup of Clubs' Champions tournament in style today, the final day, with a 3-1 victory over Pipeline of Kenya in Cairo.
The result confirms El-Ahly as the African representative at the World Club Championship in Italy in October.
Despite having already been confirmed as the tournament champions El-Ahly held off a strong Pipeline team, particularly in the opening stages.
The 25-23, 23-25, 27-25, 25-8 score line was a fair reflection of Pipeline's determination to second place at the tournament.
The first set was sealed for El-Ahly by some good attacking complexes of the best player in the competition Tahani Toson and the best setter Miral Raouf.
Pipeline took the second set courtesy of spikers Jabkosqei and Chege Lucy but the El-Ahly prevailed in the third set - the longest set of the match -thanks to the service game of Noran Meghawry. The high spirit of the El-Ahly players ended the fourth set easily 25-8.
In other matches on the final day, Sonel of Cameroon defeated Mouloudia of Algeria 3-1(19-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-23) to move to third place on eight points equal with Pipeline. Both Sonel and Pipeline were equal on set ratio (11-9) but Pipeline sealed second place on points ratio.
Injs of Cameroon finished fourth after beating Tihad Sportive of Morocco 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-12) to sit on eight points as well but with a inferior set ratio.
The other teams completing the tournament were Mouloudia, who finished fifth on six points and Tihad, who had five points in sixth place.