PRESS RELEASE 10.04.2005


Pipelines Defeated Al-Ahly and Kept the Trophy in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya, April 10, 2005 - Pipelines team of Kenya used the home crown to keep the trophy of the 20th Women's African Cup of Clubs Champions in their hands sweeping Al-Ahly team of Egypt in straight sets (25-18, 25-21, 25-18) in the final match of the competition held in Moi International sports centre in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi in front of 9.000 spectators.

The match was attended by Mr. Mwangi Kinjuri, the ass. Minister of Energy, Mr. Gordon Oluoch, Commissioner for sports, Mr. George Okungy, the managing director of Kenya Pipelines, Mr. Joshua Okutte, Chairman of Kenya National sports council and Mr. Ibrahim Efumbi , Chairman of Kenya Volleyball Federation. The final was covered also by the Kenya main TV which is Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) and most of the local newspapers and Media.

Pipelines managed the final match against Al-Ahly easier than expected as they played a fast game to disturb their younger opponents using their better experience and let them to do many mistakes. Pipelines controlled the match through their big guns Catherine Wanjiru, who was chosen as the most valuable player and Esther Jepkosegei, the best spiker in the competition aided by the solid block of Emily Chemutai and Leonidas Kamende.

" I'm very proud of my team which won the trophy for the second time in raw and happy with their performance which allowed them to win the title” Said Pipelines Head Coach, David Lung'aho after the final. "I hope to continue with the team to win the cup next year. We played a fast game and this disturbed our opponent's performance. I want now to add some young players to the team to enhance our future" Added David.

Ahly Head Coach, Raouf Abdelkader said sadly "My team played the match without trust to achieve the victory so they couldn't control their performance and appeared disturbed and lacked concentration. Our most important defect was the first pass as it didn't allow the players to apply my strategy"

In the match of third place KCB achieved the first victory ever over their Compatriots, Telkom 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 27-25) to win the bronze Medal.

The winner appeared with high performance only two month after the team established.