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Prisons win 2008 Women's African Club Champions' Championship

Prisons players celebrate their victory

Cairo, Egypt, May 4, 2008 – On a glorious day for Kenya, Prisons of Kenya claimed the 2008 Women’s African Club Champions' Championship trophy after victory over Algeria’s Mouloudia in a pulsating Final at Abdalla Al Faysal Hall in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday.

KC Bank of Kenya added to Kenyan smiles by winning the bronze after defeating organizers Al Ahly of Egypt in the third-place Playoff match.

CAVB President Dr. Amr Elwani and the guests of honour gave the trophy to Prisons, the silver medals to Mouloudia and the bronze medals for KC Bank.

The matches were attended by Local Organizing Committee President Mr. Mohamed Abdelwahab, Control Committee President Mr. Baba Sy, CAVB Referee Commission President Mr. Hassan Ahmed, Referee Delegate Salamba and CAVB Technical Director Howyda Mondy and Ahly Sports Manager Samir Abdrabou with most of the Ahly Board Members.

Prisons won against competition dark horse Mouloudia 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-23) in 79 minutes of action.

Prisons setter Wairumu Wacu and the left attacker Lydia Maiyo played the greatest role in the victory, the former with her marvellous setting and combinations by the net and the latter with her unstoppable hits throughout the match that made her top points scorer with 18.

KC Bank repeated the bronze medal they won last year when they downed defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-14) in 99 minutes.

KC Bank won their third African Medal after the gold in 2006 and the bronze in 2007. The experienced Dorcas Ndasaba and Edina Rotish were, as usual, the match stars and also top scorers with 17 points each.

Al Ahly’s weak defense didn’t allow them to build up the attacks and KC Bank of Kenya had the better backline defense that allowed them to apply their coach’s strategy. 

Individual Awards
• Most Valuable Player: Nassima Benhamouda (Mouloudia - Algeria)
• Best Spiker: Dorcas Ndasaba (KC Bank - Kenya)
• Best Blocker: Diana Khisa (Prisons - Kenya)
• Best Server: Esther Ouna (KC Bank - Kenya)
• Best Receiver: Jerono Tarus (Prisons - Kenya)
• Best Digger: Sara Talaat (Ahly - Egypt)
• Best Setter: Fatima Okazi (Mouloudia - Algeria)

Final Ranking
1. Prisons (Kenya)
2. Mouloudia (Algeria)
3. KC Bank (Kenya)
4. Al Ahly (Egypt)
5. Al Shams (Egypt)
6. Bafia Evolution (Cameroon)
7. VC Canon (RD Congo)
8. Nkuma University (Uganda)
9. Mafolofolo (Botswana)

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