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Kenya wary of Cameroon side hoping to clinch Gold for fist time

It has been a great tournament for the clinical home team, Malkia Strikers, the only side which has not dropped a set in three matches of the preliminary pool stage


CAMEROON reached their seventh semi-final of the women’s volleyball African Nations Championship on Monday hoping this year will be a breakthrough — the occasion they will go all the way to lift the title after falling in Lagos, Nigeria in 1999 and in the last edition in Nairobi in 2013.

Last time out, Cameroon fell in the Final to hosts Kenya to miss out on the Gold at the same Safaricom Arena where today [Wednesday] the two teams meet in an epic semi-final, starting at 4pm. It will close the day after the other semi between dark horses Senegal against 2009 champions Algeria.

Clinical

If Cameroon learnt anything when they lost to Kenya in the final of the last edition, they could put it into use today and disappoint the passionate Kenya supporters who cannot fathom anything other than winning the championship for the ninth time, let alone stumbling out in the semi-finals.

It has been a great tournament for the clinical home team, Malkia Strikers, the only side which has not dropped a set in three matches of the preliminary pool stage.

Repeat

Besides losing to Tunisia in the 1999 final and in the last edition to Kenya, Cameroon won the Bronze medal on five occasions. Incidentally their last exit in the semi-finals was in Nairobi in 2003, a thing they do not wish to repeat.

Kenya coach David Lung’aho who is expecting a tough duel against Cameroon spent Tuesday’s rest day analysing the West Africans’ game. He had earlier said the Cameroonians have excellent attacks and blocks but that Kenya would try to take advantage of their slow game to win point.

Identical

“We just need to compose ourselves and receive well; I know most of their players are not fast and we would want to capitalise on that,” said Lung’aho.

Surprise team Senegal, who were seeded third in Group ‘B’ considered the “pool of death” at the start of championship topped it, having won all their three matches in spectacular fashion and identical 3-2 sets. They play Algeria at 2pm.

Comebacks

In all the matches, Senegal staged late comebacks in the third set of each match to turn around their games which earned them the title “Queens of comeback”.

One of the key players, Fatou Diouck said they aimed to break their duck and win a medal for the first time. But they hoped to do it spectacularly, by reaching the final.

Favourites

Diouck said she was looking to playing Kenya in the final. “I love playing here; I love the people and they love our team too. I would really want to have a different feeling playing Kenya in front of their home fans.”

However, Algeria are favourites ahead of the semis and Senegal’s head coach Amadou Sene will need to plan to get another one out of his bag.

KENYA SQUAD:

Setters:

  1. Jane Wacu – (Kenya Prisons)
  2. Janet Wanja – (Kenya Pipeline)

Right attackers:

  1. Esther Wangeci –(Kenya Pipeline)
  2. Lydia Maiyo – (Kenya Prisons)

Left attackers:

5. Evelyn Makuto – (Kenya Prisons)

6. Mercy Moim – (Kenya Prisons)

7. Monica Biama – (Pipeline)

8. Noel Murambi – (Pipeline)

Centres:

  1. Brackcides Agala Khadambi, captain – (VBC Chamalieres, France)
  2. Ruth Jepng’etich – (Kenya Pipeline)
  3. Triza Atuka – (Kenya Pipeline)

Libero:

12. Elizabeth Wanyama – (Kenya Prisons)

SENEGAL:

Dione Fama

Mainata Gueya

Sow Sow

Bineta Ndiaye

Sokha Gueye

Bineti Dicosta

Seck Mmayama

Mrieme Digne

Mme Diouf

Gaiya Aita Diouck

Sat Diagne

CAMEROON:

Bisseine Baram

Simone Bikatal

Raissa Nasser

Fawziya Abdoulkarim

Stephanie Fatso

Antonia Ahone

Chrisyelelle Nana

Madelaine Samantha

Laititia Moma

Amana Guigolo

Mbenya Eyango

Schedule, Wednesday, June 17:

Play offs, 5 to 8:

10:00: Botswana v Morocco

12:00: Tunisia v Mauritius

Semi- finals, 1 to 4:

14:00: Senegal v Algeria

16:00: Kenya v Cameroon

2015 Africa Cup of Nations (women):

RESULTS:

Group ‘A’:

Monday, June 15:

Kenya 3-0 Botswana 25-19, 25-12 and 25-14

Algeria 3-0 Mauritius 25-15, 25-15, 26-24

Earlier:

Kenya 3-0 Algeria 25-20, 25-22, 25-19

Kenya 3-0 Mauritius 25-12, 25-13, 25-17

Botswana 3-1 Mauritius 25-22, 23-25, 25-23, 25-15

Algeria 3-1 Botswana 25-17, 17-25, 25-20, 25-15

Group ‘B’:

Monday, June 15:

Senegal 3-2 Morocco 23-25, 22-25, 25-9, 25-18, 15-9

Cameroon 3-2 Tunisia 15lgeeia-25, 25-18, 28-26, 24-26, 15-13

Earlier:

Cameroon 3-0 Morocco 25-17, 25-18, 25-15.

Senegal 3-2 Cameroon 20-25, 25-27, 25-16, 30, 25-16, 25-20, 15-13

Senegal 3-2 Tunisia 14-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-12

Tunisia 3-1 Morocco 24-26, 25-17, 25-21, 25-13

Pool Standings

Pool ‘A’:

Rank Team Points Matches sets Points
Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 Kenya 9 3 0 9 0 max 225 152 1.48
2 Algeria 6 2 1 6 4 1.50 229 207 1.11
3 Botswana 3 1 2 4 7 0.57 225 252 0.89
4 Mauritius 0 0 3 1 9 0.11 181 249 0.73

 

Pool ‘B’:

Rank Team Points Matches sets scores
Won Lost Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
1 Senegal 6 3 0 9 6 1.50 316 286 1.10
2 Cameroon 6 2 1 8 5 1.60 282 273 1.03
3 Tunisia 5 1 2 7 7 1.00 307 280 1.10
4 Morocco 1 0 3 3 9 0.33 218 284 0.77

Africa Cup of Nations volleyball (women):

PAST CHAMPIONS:

1976 (Port Said, Egypt):          [Gold]  Egypt beat [Silver] Tunisia,          [Bronze] – Morocco

1985 (Tunis, Tunisia):                Tunisia bt Egypt ,          B – Cameroon

1987 (Casablanca, Morocco):   Tunisia bt Morocco,   B – Egypt

1989 (Port Louis, Mauritius):      Egypt bt Mauritius,     B – Madagascar

1991 (Cairo, Egypt):                   Kenya bt Egypt,           B – Cameroon

1993 (Llovin, Nigeria):              Kenya bt Egypt,           B- Nigeria

1995 (Nairobi, Kenya):            Kenya bt Nigeria,       B – Tunisia

1997 (Nairobi, Kenya):            Kenya bt Nigeria,     B – Angola

1999 (Lagos, Nigeria):                    Tunisia bt Cameroon,   B- Nigeria

2001 (Port Harcourt, Nigeria):   Seychelles bt Nigeria,   B- Cameroon

2003 (Nairobi, Kenya):              Egypt bt Kenya,         B- Cameroon

2005 (Abuja, Nigeria):                 Kenya bt Nigeria,       B- Egypt

2007 (Nairobi, Kenya):            Kenya bt Algeria,     B – Tunisia

2009 (Batna, Algeria):                 Algeria bt Tunisia,    B – Cameroon

2011 (Nairobi, Kenya):            Kenya bt Algeria,      B – Egypt

2013 (Nairobi, Kenya):            Kenya bt Cameroon, B – Tunisia

2015 (Nairobi, Kenya):                 ??                 ??                   ??

– Additional reporting by cavb.org