Sousse, Tunisia, April 27, 2012 – Host club Etoile du Sahel, Al Ahly and Zamalek of Egypt and Algeria’s Borj Bou Arririj all booked their places in the semifinals of the 2012 Men’s African Club Championship in Sousse, Tunisia after successfully negotiating their quarterfinals on Friday.
Defending champions Ahly will take on Etoile du Sahel while Zamalek face Borj Bou Arririj for a place in the final. The winner of the tournament will qualify for the FIVB Men's Club World Championship set to be held in Doha, Qatar from October 13 to 19.
Ahly cruised past Kenya Prisons in straight sets (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) as they qualified for the final for the seventh time in a row while Etoile overcame Algeria’s Bejaia 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18). Meanwhile, Zamalek beat the second Tunisian representative Esperance in straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-20) who recorded their best result in the competition in the process. Algeria’s Bou Arririj outclassed El Guish (EGY) in straight sets (25-22, 27-25, 28-26)using their unstoppable service game.
Borj Bouarrirj (ALG) beat El Guish (EGY) 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26)
Borj Bouaririj of Algeria downed El Guish (Egypt) 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26) in 71 minutes using their efficient spikes especially from opposite Toufik Mahdjoubi who hammered a lot of spikes from position two beside the efforts of Nkouka Abrahys in blocking from position three. After losing the first set, the Egyptians improved their backline defence but again they fell into a lot of service mistakes and lost a lot of points due to blocking errors. Borj Bouaririj were more motivated on the court and won the crucial points of the second and third sets with their potent spike services.
Ahly (EGY) beat Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21)
Defending champions Ahly of Egypt cruised past Prisons of Kenya 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21) in a match lasting 69 minutes. Prisons started the match very competitively with Micheal Chemos playing a great role as he sent his razor sharp hits from position two but Ahly succeeded to use the experience of their players to win first set. Ahmed Abdel Hay Salah played his usual part in spiking and serving efficiently to win widely the second set. Again Prisons came near in the third set after they disciplined their blocking but Ahly stayed with the upper hand to win the match in straight.
Etoile du Sahel (TUN) beat Bejaia (ALG) 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18)
Hosts Etoile du Sahel rebounded after losing the first set to beat Bejaia 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18) after a brave performance from the experienced center Chaker Ghzal and the veteran Noor Eddine Hfaidh. The fourth set featured also outstanding show from the opposite Marouan Garci who sent his sharp spikes from position two to win the crucial match 3-1.
Zamalek (EGY) beat Esperance (TUN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20)
A wonderful performance from the wing spiker Mohamed Abdel Moneim and the opposite spiker Reda Heikal led Zamalek to a respectable win against Tunisia’s Esperance 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-20). The Tunisian team came close in the second set and led throughout by five points but quickly Zamalek arranged their backline defence that allowed them to build up the attacks through the superb attacker.
In the quarterfinal for 9 to 16 positions Ahly Ben Ghazi (LBY) fought for two hours to beat Mwangaza (RDC) 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 15-11) after a thrilling match. On the other hand FAP (CMR) regained their rhythm and crushed Sun Shine (NGR) 3-1 (33-31, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23) after a fantastic first set. GSU (KEN) took over Force Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 28-26) in a match showing a lot of improvement for Congo new comers APR (RWA) surprised the attendance with unexpected win against the expereinced Ahly Tripoli (LBY) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18). The winners proceed to the 9-12 standings while the losers play for 13-16 ranking.
Play off 17- 20
In the ranking of 17 to 20 positions dark horses AS Voara (MAD) beat Manga Sport (Gabon) 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17), while Inter Club (Congo Brazzaville) overcame Omni Sport (CIV) 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15), the winners meet on Saturday for 17 and 18 positions and the losers compete for the 19th and 20th.
Quarterfinal -1-8 Positions
B Bouaririj (ALG) x Guish (EGY) 3-0 (25-22, 27-25, 28-26)
Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Bejaia (ALG) 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-16, 25-18)
Ahly (EGY) x Prisons (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-12, 25-21)
Zamalek (EGY) x Esperance (TUN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-21. 25-20)
Quarterfinal 9- 16 Positions
Ahly Ben Ghazi (LBY) x Mwangaza (RDC) 3-2 (25-16, 25-19, 15-25, 18-25, 15-11)
FAP (CMR) x Sun Shine (NGR) 3-1 (33-31, 18-25, 25-14, 25-23)
GSU (KEN) x Terrestre (Congo RD) 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-13, 28-26)
APR (RWA) x Ahly Tripoli (LBY) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18)
Play off 17- 20 Positions
AS Voara (MAD) x Manga (Gabon) 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 25-17)
Inter (Congo B) x Omni Sport (CIV) 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 25-15)
Semifinal Programme on April 28
Bouaririj (ALG) x Zamalek (EGY)
Etoile du Sahel (TUN) x Ahly (EGY)
Play off 5-8
Guish (EGY) x EST (TUN)
Bejaia (ALG) x Prisons (KEN)
Play off 9-12
Ahly B Ghazi (LBY) x APR (RWA)
FAP (CMR) x GSU (KEN)
Play off 13-16
Mwangaza (RDC) x Ahly Tri (LBY)
Sun Shine (NGR) x F Terrestre (RDC)
Manga (Gabon) x Omni Sport (CIV)
AS Voara (MAD) x Inter (Congo B)
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