Nairobi, Kenya, April 9, 2005 - Al-Ahly team of Egypt and pipelines of Kenya reached to the final spot of the 20th African Cup of Clubs Champions after both had a thriller victories over Telkom and KC Bank of Kenya respectively in the two semifinal matches held in Moi International sports complex in Kasarani in the Kenyan Capital of Nairobi. Al-Ahly will meet Pipelines in the final Sunday, while Telkom will play KC Bank in the third place match.
In one of the most exciting matches of the competition Al-Ahly deserved a big victory over the solid Telkom team and came from two sets behind to win 3-2 in a thriller five setters (22-25, 22-25, 28-26, 25-23, 17-15) in 140 minutes of fantastic Volleyball. Telkom started the match aided by a big number of spectators so they managed to win the first two sets 25-22 and 25-22 after a group of successful spikes of Esther Mwombe and Edna Totich. They surprised Ahly players and used their weak first pass to win the critical points of each set. Ahly performance raised to the top starting from the third set to come from five points behind 20-15 and win the set 28-26 after a thrilling performance led by Amina Foad, Yara Abdel Karim and Sherihan Sameh. They continued in this high rhythm to win the fourth set 25-23 and extending the match to a tie break. Ahly players passed the most difficult stage of the match when they were 11-14 behind to win the set 17-15 after a group of successful spikes aided by the strong backline defense of the libero Sara Talaat to win the magnificent match 3-2
Pipelines qualified to the final for the third successive time to defend its last trophy achieved in Senegal 2004. Pipelines in top form regained the rhythm after losing the first set to defeat KC Bank 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-11, 25-15) in 93 Minutes of exciting volleyball. Pipelines coach, David Lung'aho slow down the rhythm to control the match starting from the second and used the key stars Catherine Wanjiru and Esther Jepkosgei to win the second and third sets easily 25-19 and 25-11.
The young promising star Asha Makuto was the surprise of the match as she used here talented spikes to penetrate the KC Bank block to win the fourth set 25-15 using the disturbance occurring at their side.
In the matches of ranking Chlef of Algeria won the fifth position after a valuable victory over their Compatriots 3-1 (22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-13). ARSU of Seychelles left the competition in the seventh place after beating Inter club of Congo 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-13, 25-16).