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Ahly, Etoile reach Men's African Club Championship final

 
 Tunis, Tunisia, March 26, 2017 – Ahly Egypt and Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia booked their tickets to the final of the 2017 Men's African Club Championship after contrasting semifinal wins over Algeria's Bourj Bouaririj and Libya's Swehly, respectively, at Taraji Hall in Tunis on Sunday.  

Ahly overcame Bourj Bouaririj 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 30-28, 25-18) in a thrilling encounter lasting 105 minutes, but Etoile du Sahel’s victory was anything but straightforward.

Etoile du Sahel fought off Swehly's late comeback before being awarded the match via a decision of the CAVB Control Committee after the Libyan team withdrew when spectators made a political protest late in the fifth set. Etoile were ahead 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 14-7 at the time. 


In the playoffs for fifth to eighth place, Prisons (Kenya) pulled off a tough victory over FAP (Cameroon) 3-2 (25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13) in 2 hours of fluctuating volleyball. In the second match, Esperance (Tunisia) crushed Assarya (Libya) 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-13). Esperance will next play Prisons for fifth place, while FAP line up against Assarya for seventh position.  

Semifinals
Ahly (Egypt) v Bourj Bouaririj (Algeria) 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 30-28, 25-18). More
Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia) v Swehly (Libya) 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 18-25, 14-7. More 

Playoffs (5-8)  
Prisons (Kenya) v FAP (Cameroon) 3-2 (25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 23-25, 15-13). More
Esperance (Tunisia) v Assarya (Libya) 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-13). More

Classification matches (9-16) 
15-16: Douanes (Burkina) v Police (Benin) 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15)
13-14: Espoir (RD Congo) v Finances (Benin) 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-19)
11-12: University of Kibungo (Rwanda) v Alnahda (Sudan) 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-22)
9-10: Ahly Beni ghazi (Libya) v Bafia (Cameroon) 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-22)

Final Ranking 9-17
9. Ahly Beni Ghazi (Libya)
10. Bafia (Cameroon) 
11. University of Kibungo (Rwanda)
12. Alnahda (Sudan) 
13. Espoir (RD Congo)
14. Finances (Benin)
15. Douanes (Burkina) 
16. Police (Benin)
17. Police (Botswana) 



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