Nairobi, Kenya, February 18, 2014 – Kenya, Tunisia and Senegal won their opening matches as the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship Qualifiers Africa Group 2 (U) started at Moi International Sports Center in Nairobi on Saturday.
Kenya defeated Uganda in straight sets 3-0 (25-16, 25-10, 25-14).
Senegal defeated Seychelles 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22) in an entertaining four-set thriller that kept fans on their toes in the second match of the day.
Tunisia won their first match of the tournament by easily breezing past inexperienced Mozambique in straight sets of 3-0 (25-11, 25-12, 25-14).
The match between Kenya and Uganda attracted a huge crowd who expected a titanic battle, considering the team from Kampala trained in Netherlands for two weeks prior. Despite Uganda’s practice, however, they were outclassed throughout the match.
“This was the first match for my team but unfortunately they started on a slow note,“ said Ugandan coach Peter Lakony. "The Kenyans were very fast and they deserved to win the match. I hope my team will pick up as the tournament progresses, and win some matches.“
Kenya’s starting line had Jane Wacu, Everline Makuto , Esther Wangeshi, Ruth Jeplengetich, Mercy Moim Bracksides Khadambi, and Elizabeth Nafula.
Uganda’s coach paraded Irene Adeke, Eunice Amuron, Moreen Mwamula, Milly Laker, Saidat Nnungi, Agaaba Astreed and Flavia Nandawula as his first six charges.
"Ugandans are improving with time and this is good because if they rise to the standards of volleyball in the region, Africa as a whole would go up,“ said Kenyan coach David Lung’aho said. "My players didn’t play very well, but a win is the most important thing.”
The match between Kenya and Uganda was broadcast live by Zuku Sports Channel 300 HD. The first two matches were recorded for delayed broadcast. More matches are lined up for live broadcast.
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