PRESS RELEASE 07.04.2005


Thrillers matches in Semifinal after Pipelines defeated Al-Ahly

Nairobi, Kenya, April 7, 2005 - The semifinal of the 20th African Cup of clubs champions will show two thrillers face off On Saturday when Al-Ahly of Egypt meet Telkom of Kenya and Pipelines plays Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB). The last two matches in Pool B of the preliminary round showed pipelines of Kenya clinching a wide victory over Al-Ahly 3-0 in what is called an early final of the competition, while the outsiders Bejaia left the competition with a victory over National University of Rwanda.

In front of more than 4000 spectators in Kasarani hall in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi it was a very interesting match between the first two favorites for the trophy as pipelines of Kenya swept Al-Ahly of Egypt 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-19) in 98 minutes. The Egyptian team showed little immunity to face the strong Kenyan team led by the most experienced players in the continent specially Catherine Wanjiru, Esther Jepkosgei and Lucy Chege. Ahly head coach, Raouf Abdelkader managed to share all his line up in the match in order not to exhaust the main players before the important semifinal match, so the Kenyan team dominate the match from the start till the end using their wide experience in the net actions in both blocking and spiking techniques.

"I asked my players before the match to continue the victory rhythm and they did what I want" Said Pipelines coach, David Lung'aho. "Now we are ready for the semifinal and for the final after" He added.

Ahly head coach, Raouf Abdelkader said "I tried to play with all my available players but I'm not convinced with their performance. I think now we are looking forwards to the semifinal match against Telkom".

Nawal Mansouri and Lydia Oulmou led Bejaia to have the second victory in the competition over the outsiders N. University of Rwanda in straight sets 25-16, 28-26, 25-9. The match showed no motivations as both teams were eliminated before the match. Algerian key players finalized the duty in almost an hour.