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Ahly to play compatriots El Guish in thrilling Africa Club semifinal

Kenya's GSU (on attack) were too strong for Redskins of Lesotho winning in straight sets to advance to the semifinals of the places 9-12

Cairo, Egypt, May 3, 2011 – Defending champions Al Ahly of Egypt will face off against compatriots El Guish in the 2011 Men’s African Club Championship semifinals on Wednesday while the two surprise packages Prisons of Kenya and National University of Rwanda battle for the other spot in the final seeking the honour to represent Africa in the FIVB Club World Championship later this year. 
The eventual champions of this tournament will earn a spot at the 2011 FIVB Volleyball Men’s Club World Championship, set to take place in Qatar from October 10-18.
The competition continued on Tuesday with the quarterfinals 9 to 16 with OSB (Nigeria), GSU (Kenya) Inter Club (Congo Brazzaville) and Daim Hamad (SUD) emerging as winners to compete for the 9-12 brackets while the losers Al Nahda,  Al Saggana from Sudan and Redskins from Lesotho and Rukinzo (Burundi) play for the 13 to 16 rankings.
OSB (NGR) vs. Al Nahda (SUD) 
OSB of Nigeria fought for 95 minutes to clinch a 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18) victory over Al Nahda (SUD). Although the Nigerian team started the match slowly after they missed qualification to the final eight, they won the first set. Nahda emerged in the second set to draw 1-1 before OSB came up again to win two successive sets and the match 3-1.
GSU (KEN) vs. Redskins (LES) 
GSU club of Kenya beat Redskins of Lesotho 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-17) in a strong match led by the winners and lasting 70 minutes. 
Inter Club (CGO) vs. Al Saggana (SUD)
Inter Club of Congo Brazzaville swept Al Saggana of Sudan 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13) in a one side game overwhelmed by the winners. 
Rukinzo (BUR) vs. Daim Hamad (SUD) 
In the most difficult match of the day Daim Hamad of Sudan survived the sluggish start to defeat Rukinzo of Burundi 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20) in 82 minutes. After Rukinzo had a good start in the first set to win it 25-19, Daim Hamad played their best in the competition and deployed their block against the attacks of their opponent to win three successive sets.
Quarterfinal Results 
Quarterfinal 1-8
1st A/ Al Ahly (EGY) beat 2nd D/ FAP (CMR) 3-0 (25-16, 25-16, 25-15)
1st D/ Blida (ALG)  lost to 2nd A/ NUR (RWA) 2-3 (25-20, 17-25, 25-12, 23-25, 12-15)
1st B/ Prisons (KEN) beat 2nd C/ Setif (ALG) 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 26-24)
1st C/ Al Guish (EGY) beat 2nd B/ PAD (CMR) 3-0 (25-20, 25-11, 25-22)  
Quarterfinal 9-16
4th D/ OSB (NGR) beat 3rd A/ Al Nahda (SUD) 3-1 (25-11, 17-25, 25-13, 25-18)
3rd D/ GSU (KEN) beat 4thA/ Redskins (LES) 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-17)
3rd B/ Inter Club (CGO) beat 4th C/ Saggana (SUD) 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13)
4th B/ Daim Hamad (SUD) beat 3rd C/ Rukinzo (BUR) 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-20)
Semifinal Program
Semifinal 1-4
Al Ahly (EGY) v Al Guish (EGY)
National University (RWA) v Prisons (KEN)
Play off 5-8
FAP (CMR) v Port Douala (CMR)
Blida (ALG) v Setif (ALG)
Play off 9-12
OSB (NGR) v Daim Hamad (SUD)
GSU (KEN) v Inter Club (CGO)
Play off 13-16
Al Nahda (SUD) v Rukinzo (BUR)
Redskins (LES) v Al Saggana (SUD)

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