Kenya Prisons, Pipeline reach African Club Championship quarterfinals
Kenya champions Pipeline were forced to work extra hard to beat NR Chlef of Algeria in a tight match and qualify for the quarterfinals.
Water Sport of Ethiopia achieved their first victory in three matches following a hard-fought victory over Stella of Cote d’Ivoire.
Kenya Pipeline registered a laboured 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-18) win to qualify for the quarterfinals. Pipeline coach Japheth Munala once again started with experience, fielding veterans Rhodah Lyali, Monicah Biama, Roselyn Odhiambo, Lucy Chege, Asha Makuto, Ruth Chepngetich and Mildred Odwako in the starting line-up. Chepngetich’s offensive work and Makuto’s skill at the net put Pipeline 2-0 up and opponent errors allowed them to ease to a 3-0 win.
Prisons beat Varieties of Gabon 3-0 (25-5, 25-7, 25-4) in a Pool B match that lasted 64 minutes at African Nazarene University. This was Prisons’ third straight victory after they overcame Jeshi Stars of Tanzania 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-11) and Canon de Ndji of DR Congo by the same score (25-10, 25-18, 25-13). Prisons raised their win-loss record to 3-0 while Varieties dropped to 0-2.
In Pool C, Water Sports of Ethiopia revived their hopes of advancing to the quarterfinals after they achieved their first victory of the tournament, 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-20,) over Stella of Cote d’Ivoire at Moi International Sports Center. Water’s win-loss record stands at 1-2 while Stella dropped to 0-3. Entertaining Rwanda Revenue Authority achieved their second straight victory after they beat Stef Auto of Madagascar 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20) in the other Pool C match. Revenue now joins Kenya Commercial Bank, who have also won two matches, as quarterfinals favourites from the pool.
Blue Eagles of Nigeria beat Mafolofolo of Botswana 3-2 in a five-set thriller to register their second victory of the tournament at Nazarene University.