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Semifinals upsets guarantee new club champions in Africa

Jenhani Khouloud of CF Carthage and Jane Wairimu of Kenya Prisons battle on the net in the African Club Championship semifinals.
Monastir, Tunisia, April 14, 2017- Hosts Club Feminin de Carthage and dark horses Shams of Egypt made it to the final of the 2017 Women's African Club championship after both sides claimed thrilling victories over five-time champions Kenya Prisons and seven-times titled Ahly respectively in the semifinals at Mizali Hall in Monastir, Tunisia on Friday.

Carthage and Shams will meet on Sunday to determine a new historic winners of the prestigious African competition as it will be the first ever title for the winner. Meanwhile Ahly face Kenya Prisons for the bronze medal.

Shams achieved a ground breaking victory in the Egytian derby over Ahly 3-2 (25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8) in a fantastic five-set match that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats for more than two hours. The victory is the first for the winners over their compatriots internationally.

Carthage, who enjoyed the support of a home crowd, upset Kenya Prisons 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 24-26, 25-14) in another magic face-off to pull off their second final slot in a row.

Six-time champions Kenya Pipeline recovered late to hammer Sfaxien of Tunisia 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-21) in front of their fans in the 5-8 playoffs. In the same bracket GSP of Algieria overcame a sluggish start to outclass Cameroon's Injis 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23).

The competition continues on Saturday with all ranking places from 9 to 16, ahead of the finals on Sunday.

Friday's results:

CF Carthage (TUN) v Kenya Prisons (KEN) 3-1 (25-21, 25-13, 24-26, 25-14)
Shams (EGY) v Ahly (EGY) 3-2 (25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 25-17, 15-8)

5 to 8:
Kenya Pipeline (KEN) v Sfaxien (TUN) 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-21)
GSP (ALG) v Injis (CMR) 3-1 (17-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23)

9 to 12:
Rwanda Army (RWA) v Ndejje (UGA) 3-1 (25-21, 15-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Marsa (TUN) v FAP (CMR) 3-1 (25-17,18-25, 25-17, 25-18)

13 to 16:
ARSU (SEY) v Bejaia (ALG) 3-1 (15-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-23)
Asec (CIV) v Bafia (CMR) 3-0 (25-21,25-21,25-23)

More information on the African Confederation website.

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