Historic African victories highlight Women’s World Championship opening

1 October 2018

 

Japan, September 29, 2018 – Both African nations participating in the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship in Japan celebrated victorious on Saturday to write history on the very first competition day of the tournament.

 

Cameroon managed a come-from-behind Pool A victory over Mexico in four sets to register the first ever win for an African team in the history of the women’s World Championships. This was the opening match on the 18th edition’s program and the sensational result set the tone for an exciting event. Blocking was Cameroon’s strong weapon against the North American opponents, with two players, Theorine Mbeza and Stephanie Fotso Mogoung, each scoring five of the team’s 13 stuffs on the way to success.

 

Later in the day, Kenya doubled Africa’s joy with an even more emphatic, straight-set, victory over Kazakhstan in Pool D. Scoring as many as 28 points, Mercy Moim led her teammates to a compelling success on the opening day in Hamamatsu.

 

So more than 40 winless years after the African continent made its debut at the women’s World Championship, when Tunisia played in the 1978 edition, two CAVB representatives triumphed with maiden victories on the very same day.



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