PRESS RELEASE 05.04.2005


Ahly of Egypt near a semifinal spot

Nairobi, Kenya, April 5, 2005 - Al-Ahly team of Egypt was the star of the fourth day of the 20th African Cup of Clubs Champions as they achieved their second victory in the critical match against Bejaia of Algeria 3-1 in pool B to cut a long road towards the semifinal of the competition held in Kasarani Hall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. In another match ARSU of Seychelles achieved their first victory in the competition over N. University of Rwanda 3-0

In what is said the match of pool B, Al-Ahly the winner of the trophy in 2003 played NC Bejaia of Algeria, the vice-champions of the 2004 edition in a match of qualification to the semifinal as both compete with the defending champions Pipelines for two semifinal spots. The match was very exciting but the experience of some key players ended the match towards the Egyptian side in 90 minutes of fantastic Volleyball (25-19, 27-25, 25-20, 25-22).

The wing spikers, Sheihan Sameh, Amina Foad, and the setter Yosra Abdelkarim played the key role in Ahly's victory as they succeeded to stop the Algerian big guns Lydia Oulmou and Nawal Mansouri.

"This was the match of qualification to the semifinal" Said the Ahly Coach Raouf Abdelkader after the match. "We have now to manage our situation in the next step after beating this respectable team" He added.

"We played a good Match but we fell in many mistakes to lose the key points in each set" Commented Bejaia Coach, Aimad Hamdani.

The promising ARSU team of Seychelles playing without the injured team captain Marie Ange had a comfortable victory over N. University of Rwanda in straight sets (25-20, 25-23, 25-14).

The competition will show four very important matches, Wednesday as KC Bank of Kenya will play its copatriot Telkom, while GS Chlef of Algeria will meet Interclub of Congo in matches to determine the other qualifier to the semifinal from pool A with KC Bank already secured a spot in the semis. Pool B will show Ahly vs. N.University and Pipelines of Kenya vs. ARSU matches.