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Egypt’s Al Ahly claim 2009 Women’s African Clubs Championship

Egypt's Al Ahly celebrate their African Clubs Championship win

Nairobi, Kenya, April 5, 2009 – Egypt’s Al Ahly Women’s team became the Queens of Africa for the sixth time in their history after their victory over Kenya Commercial Bank in the 2009 Women’s African Clubs Championship final in front of 3,000 home spectators here at Moi International Sports Complex of Kasarani in Nairobi, Kenya, on Sunday.

Al Ahly exacted revenge on the team that defeated them in the 2006 final in Mauritius.

Bejaia of Algeria won the bronze medal following victory over Injis of Cameroon in the third-place match.

Cameroon’s Bafia secured fifth position after beating APR of Rwanda, followed by Water Sports of Ethiopia who finished seventh after beating Botswana’s Kutlwano.

Final: KC Bank (Kenya) vs. Al Ahly (Egypt)

Al Ahly used the strong impermeable block and backline defense to cruise past the fighting Kenya Commercial bank team 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22) in 95 minutes. Except for the third set that was won comfortably by the Kenyans, all the other sets were settled in the final few points in favour of Al Ahly, with experienced players like Mona Adly and competition MVP Sherihan Abdel Kader coming to the fore in each of the sets.

It was an aggressive start from both teams but KC Bank stayed ahead in most of the set due to active centers Jackline Barasa and veteran Margret Tsinyeni who helped their team stay ahead till Ahly drew level at 20-20 after a group of efficient spikes from sisters Sherihan and Nahla Abdel Kader. Al Ahly played their best in the last part of the set to win 25-22 after a marvelous backline defensive performance.

Al Ahly kept their the rhythm in the second set as they deployed the block of Hagar Badr and Mona Adly with the aid of their dominance in reception and digging to lead 8-2 at the first technical timeout (FTT). KCB rebounded through their efficient spikers Jackline and Grace Jeptoo till they drew level at 12-12. Although the Kenyan team looked better in defense and attack it was clear the high-spirited Ahly players were better motivated to win, especially when the coach changed main setter Miral with second setter Iman Tharwat. Al Ahly rebounded with their better backline defense to win the set 25-22.

Al Ahly led 5-3 through the efficient blocks of Ingy El Shamy in the third set but KCB quickly came back to lead for the first time at 8-6 at the FTT after a great performance from the experienced Margret. The Kenyan team increased the point deficit to 13-7 before the Ahly coach made some substitutions that allowed them to draw level at 14-14. KCB again used the wing spikers Eunce Maiyo and Julia Sakaya to regain the lead at 20-18 and 23-19. The Ahly players then committed several service and reception mistakes that allowed the Kenyan team to win the set 25-20.

Al Ahly started the fourth set with better discipline that allowed them to lead at 7-5 before the Kenyan team survived Margret in position 3 to score three successive points and lead 8-7 at the FTT. Al Ahly improved their block against the Kenyan attacks and started to use the wing spikers Nada Nasef and Sherihan Sameh to score. But KCB reacted through centers Jackline and Margret to draw level at 14-14 before Ahly reached 16-14 at the STT. The Kenyan coach was forced to call timeout but the Ahly players held on to win the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.

“I’m very happy to win this title here in Kenya the best country in African Women’s Volleyball,” said Ahly coach Raouf Abdel Kader. “I think all my players were stars in the final and I use this opportunity to thank the Board of Administration of the club for their assistance and help through a preparation program in Europe.”

Bronze-medal match: Bejaia (Algeria) vs. Injis (Cameroon)

Algeria’s Bejaia clinched the bronze medal following their 3-1 victory over Injis of Cameroon (21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-21) in 80 minutes.

Injis started the match in better shape and claimed the first set, with setter Theodora Nack leading team combinations finished well by efficient spiker Fezeli Nekoudjou and Roline Tatchou. Bejaia regained their well-known rhythm to win two successive sets thanks to big gun Nawal Mansouri’s unstoppable hits aided by the good performance of middle blockers Lilia Boulouiza and Aicha Neznate. Injis came back in the fourth set and had an early lead as they deployed the solid block of Esther Mbala and Michelle Ntete but the Algerians clawed their way back to decrease the point deficit gradually till they won the set 25-21 thanks to the great performance of setter Sonai Nadi.

Individual Awards
MVP: Sherihan Abdel Kader (Ahly, Egypt)
Best Spiker: Dorcas Ndasaba (APR, Rwanda)
Best Blocker: Suzan Atemba (APR, Rwanda)
Best Server: Mona Adly (Ahly, Egypt)
Best Digger: Milred Odwako (KCB, Kenya)
Best setter: Fridah Efumbi (KCB, Kenya)
Best Receiver: Iman Tharwat (Ahly, Egypt)

Final Day Results
Final: Ahly (Egypt) vs. KC Bank (Kenya) 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22)
3-4 position: Bejaia (Algeria) vs. Injis (Cameroon) 3-1 (21-25, 25-14, 25-16, 25-21)
5-6 position: Bafia (Cameroon) vs. APR (Rwanda) 3-2 (16-25, 25-19, 27-25, 20-25, 15-12)
7-8 position: Water Sports (Ethiopia) vs. Kutlwano (Botswana) 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-23)
9-10 position: Prisons (Kenya) vs. Jadida (Morocco) 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-21)
11-12 position: Federal Prisons (Ethiopia) vs. Canon Ndjili (RD Congo) 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20)
13-14 position: VC Club (Congo) vs. Les AS (Burundi) 3-0 (25-23, 25-11, 25-14)
15-16 position: Kampala VC (Uganda) vs. Pipelines (Pipelines withdraw)

Final Ranking
1. Al Ahly (Egypt)
2. KC Bank (Kenya)
3. Bejaia (Algeria)
4. Injis (Cameroon)
5. Bafia (Cameroon)
6. APR (Rwanda)
7. Water Sports (Ethiopia)
8. Kutlwano (Botswana)
9. Prisons (Kenya)
10. Jadida (Morocco)
11. Federal Prisons (Ethiopia)
12. Canon de Ndjli (RD Congo)
13. VC Club (RD Congo)
14. Les AS (Burundi)
15. Kampala VC (Uganda)
16. Pipelines (Kenya)


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