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Men’s African Club Championship down to final four


University of Rwanda celebrating the qualification to the semifinals on Monday

Cairo, Egypt, May 2, 2011 – The Egyptian duo of Al Ahly and El Guish booked their places in the semifinals of the 2011 Men’s African Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt on Monday as National University of Rwanda and Kenya’s Prisons also came through their quarterfinal bouts.

Ahly will now take on El Guish in an all Egyptian semifinal on Wednesday while University of Rwanda faces Prisons for a place in the final. The winners of the tournament will move on to the 2011 FIVB Men's Club World Championship in Qatar later this year.

Among the four quarterfinal matches held at Abdalla El Faysal Hall, University of Rwanda played the most exciting match and fought for two hours to defeat the more experience Blida team of Algeria in a fantastic five set match (20-25, 25-17, 12-25, 25-23, 15-12) that kept spectators on the edge of their seats.

Prisons of Kenya moved one step closer to the dream of being the only team around the world to qualify in both genders for the Club World Championship when they hammered Setif of Algeria 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24).

The Egyptian teams Al Ahly and El Guish overcame the two Cameroon clubs FAP and Port de Douala. Ahly trounced FAP 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-15), while El Guish flew past Port 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-22).

Among the 16 teams of the competition only Al Ahly and El Guish from Egypt were the only teams who have won all their matches without dropping a set.

The competition will resume on Tuesday with the four quarterfinal matches for the 9 to 16 brackets.     

Al Ahly (EGY) vs. FAP (CMR)
Hosts Al Ahly of Egypt used their wing spikers Ahmed Kotb to clinch an easy victory over FAP of Cameroon 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-15) in 55 minutes. Al Ahly now move onto their 15th African Club semifinal in their history while FAP plays for the 5-8 brackets.

The Egyptian opposite Ahmed Kotb was the star of the match after he succeeded to penetrate the FAP block frequently and also used his sharp spike service to disrupt the defense.

 
National University (RWA) vs. Blida (ALG)
National University of Rwanda came back twice to outclass the struggling Blida team of Algeria 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 12-25, 25-23, 15-12) in 115 minutes. The strong Rwandan spiker Guma Yakan played a great role in the victory with his razor sharp hits from all over the court and topped the scores with 26 points. After Blida won the first set the Rwanda team reached their first peak to win the second set widely before they allowed the Algerians back into the game as they won the third set. But again the University team came back efficiently to win the fourth set and the tiebreak to qualify for the second time in their history to the semifinal. Blida now plays for the 5-8 brackets.

Prisons (KEN) vs. Setif (ALG)
Prisons of Kenya moved one step closer to qualifying for the Club World Championship when they hammered Setif of Algeria 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24). The Kenyan team was physically fit enough to control the match through Jackson Mwambia and Denis Onsomu as their solid block was the key factor in victory. The latter was top scorer with 18 points while Setif’s center Adamu Dou Dou claimed the biggest haul for his side with 14 points.

Prisons will now meet University of Rwanda while Setif plays Blida for the play off 5-8 positions. 

El Guish (EGY) vs. Port Douala (CMR)
It took Al Guish of Egypt 63 minutes to trounce Port de Douala of Cameroon in straight sets (25-20, 25-11, 25-22). Wing spiker Islam Awad was central to the victory as he sent his unstoppable hits which could not be halted by the Port block. El Guish also used the solid block of Emmanuel Friday and Rashad Shebl to stop Port’s attacks.

Al Guish qualify for the semifinal for the second time in their history after 2007 when they finished second and they will now take on compatriots Al Ahly in the semifinal while Port plays their rivals and compatriots FAP for the 5-8 brackets.

Quarterfinal Results 
Quarterfinal 1-8
1st A / Al Ahly (EGY) x 2nd D/ FAP (CMR) 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-15)
1st D/ Blida (ALG)  x 2nd A/ NUR (RWA) 2-3 (25-20, 17-25, 25-12, 23-25, 12-15)
1st B/ Prisons (KEN) x 2nd C/ Setif (ALG) 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24)
1st C/ Al Guish (EGY) x 2nd B/ PAD (CMR) 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-22)  

Quarterfinal Program 9-16 Tuesday 3rd May
3rd A/ Al Nahda (SUD) x 4th D/ OSB (NGR) 
3rd D/ GSU (KEN) x 4thA/ Redskins (LES)
3rd B/ Inter Club (CGO) x 4th C/ Saggana (SUD)
3rd C/ Rukinzo (BUR)x 4th B/ Daim Hamad (SUD)

Results and Ranking
Quarterfinal 1-8
No  Date Teams Set Result per set (points) Total
Points Time Audience
    1 2 3 4 5  
33 2 May AHLY-FAP 3-0 25-16 25-16 25-15    75-47 0:55 2000
34 2 May BLIDA-NUR 2-3 25-20 17-25 25-12 23-25 12-15 102-97 1:55 500
35 2 May PRI-SETIF 3-0 25-19 25-22 26-24   76-65 1:17 700
36 2 May GUISH-PAD 3-0 25-20 25-11 25-   75-53 1:03 1000

Pool A Results
No  Date Teams Set Result per set (points) Total
Points Time Audience
    1 2 3 4 5  
2 28 APR NAHD-NUR 1-3 25-23 30-32 22-25 27-29  70-98 1:36 500
8 28 APR AHL-REDS  3-0 25-10 25-14 25-10   75-34 1:01 2500
9 29 APR NUR-REDS 3-0 25-15 25-18 25-18   75-51 1:05 300
16 29 APR NAHD-AHL 0-3 9-25 8-25 15-25   32-75 0:58 600
18 30 APR REDS-NAHD 0-3  20-25 20-25 31-33   71-83 1:20 450
24 30 APR AHL-NUR 3-0  25-15 25-22 25-16   75-53 1:06 1000

Pool B Results
No Date Teams Set Result per set (points) Total
Points Time Audience
    1 2 3 4 5  
3 28 APR PRI-DAIM 3-0 25-19 25-23 25-21   75-63 1:05 300
4 28 APR PAD-INTER 3-1 21-25 25-14 27-25 25-18  98-82 1:22 300
11 29 APR DAIM-INTER 0-3  20-25 22-25 12-25   54-75 1:11 400
12 29 APR PRI-PAD 3-1 25-19 25-15 20-25 25-20  95-79 1:36 500
19 30 APR INTER-PRI 0-3  14-25 20-25 17-25   51-75 1:04 300
22 30 APR PAD- DAIM 3-0  25-16 25-21 25-20   75-57 1:09 500

Pool C Results
No Date Teams Set Result per set (points) Total
Points Time Audience
    1 2 3 4 5  
6 28 APR SAGA-RUK 1-3 16-25 18-25 25-17 23-25  82-92 1:43 500
7 28 APR SETIF-GUISH 0-3 23-25 13-25 23-25   59-75 1:09 500
13 29 APR SAGA-SETIF 0-3 19-25 14-25 11-25   44-75 1:04 550
14 29 APR RUK-GUISH 0-3  23-25 19-25 16-25   58-75 1:04 400
17 30 APR SETIF-RUK 3-0 25-20 25-23 25-15   75-58 1:04  600
21 30 APR GUISH-SAGA 3-0 25-12 25-11 25-9   75-32 0:54 800

Pool D Results
No Date Teams Set Result per set (points) Total
Points Time Audience
    1 2 3 4 5  
1 28 APR GSU-OSB 2-3  25-22 21-25 25-19 19-25 9-15 99-106 2:03 500
5 28 APR FAP-BLIDA 3-1 23-25 32-30 25-22 29-27  109-104 1:51 500
10 29 APR OSB-BLIDA 0-3 18-25 23-25 19-25   60-75 1:10 400
15 29 APR GSU-FAP 3-1 18-25 25-18 25-16 25-21  93-80 0:58 600
20 30 APR FAP-OSB 3-2 26-28 25-21 26-28 25-21 15-12 117-110 1:58 600
23 30 APR BLIDA-GSU 3-1 23-25 25-19 25-17 34-32  107-93 1:44 800
Ranking A
Rk Code Country Points Matches Points Sets
    Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 AHL EGY 6 3  225 119 1.891 9  Max.
2 NUR RWA 5 2 1 226 194 1.165 6 4 1.500
3 NAHD SUD 4 1 2 185 244 0.758 4 6 0.667
4 REDS LES 3  3 154 233 0.661  9 Min.
Ranking B
Rk Code Country Points Matches Points Sets
    Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 PRI KEN 6 3  245 193 1.269 9 1 9.000
2 INT CGO 5 2 1 252 234 1.077 7 4 1.750
3 PAD CMR 4 1 2 208 225 0.924 4 6 0.667
4 DHAM SUD 3  3 172 225 0.764  9 Min.
Ranking C
Rk Code Country Points Matches Points Sets
    Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 GUI EGY 6 3  225 150 1.500 9  Max.
2 SETIF ALG 5 2 1 210 177 1.186 6 3 2.000
3 RUK BUR 4 1 2 208 232 0.897 3 7 0.429
4 SAGA SUD 3  3 156 242 0.653 1 9 0.111
Ranking D
Rk Code Country Points Matches Points Sets
    Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 BLD ALG 5 2 1 286 262 1.092 7 3 1.750
2 FAP CMR 5 2 1 306 307 0.997 2 3 1.167
3 GSU KEN 4 1 2 286 292 0.979 6 7 0.857
4 OSB NGR 4 1 2 275 292 0.942 5 8 0.625



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