Giants Ahly and Esperance set to repeat Men's African Club Championship final

16 March 2015

2015 Men's African Club Championship- Semifinal

 

 

 Sousse, Tunisia, March 14 2015- Defending champions Esperance of Tunisia and record holders Ahly of Egypt set to repeat 2014 African club championship final when they meet on Monday seeking the 34th edition crown at the Olympic Hall in Sousse, Tunisia.

 

 Esperance took over their rivals Etoile Sportive du Sahel 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17) in a semifinal attended by 1500 spectators who were highly excited, mostly supporting their home team Etoile.

 

 Ahly cruised past their compatriot Somoha 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) in a match dominated by the winners throughout its action.

 

 Esperance beat Ahly 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) for their fourth title last year, as Ahly seek to revenge for their 11th title, while Esperance dream their 5th crown.

 

Two Tunisian and two Egyptian clubs confirmed their semifinal tickets at the 2015 Men's African Club championship following the quarterfinal matches held at Olympic and Masaken Halls on Friday.

 

 The final match will start at 17:00 and will be preceded by the bronze medal match between Etoile and Somoha at 14:30. . 

 

 The competition acts also as a qualifier for the 2015 FIVB Men's World Championship in Brazil next October.

 

Semifinal 1-4

Esperance (TUN) v Etoile du Sahel (TUN) 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17)

Ahly (Egypt) v Somoha (Egypt) 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17)

 

Esperance came from a set behind to win three successive sets in their way to surprise rivals Etoile du Sahel 3-1 (17-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-17) in the semifinal of the competition. Etoile had early dominance through their opposite Marouen Garci and outside hitter Hamza Nagga to win the first set. Esperance rebounded aggressively to win three successive set after the high performance of their blockers. Etoile again tried to return back in the fourth set but their reception was unstable to lose the match 3-1.

 

Ahly of Egypt played their best to beat their compatriots Somoha 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17). The winners used the quick attacks through their centers Abdel Halim and Ketat to have early dominance in the first set. Somoha tried to come back in the second set with combinations led by the setter Khalid Elfayoumi using the Brazilian opposite Leison Costa, but Ahly succeeded with win the crucial points in their way to win the most difficult set before Ahly were more motivated to continue to straight sets win.

 

Play off 5-8

Zamalek (Egypt) v Ittihad Tangier (Morocco) 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 27-25)

Borj Bouaririj (Algeria) v setif ALG 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 26-24)

 

Zamalek of Egypt beat Ittihad Tangier of Morocco 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 27-25) in Play off 5-8 positions. Although Zamalek players played without a great passion after missing the final 4, they could cntrol the match through their efficient defence and reception.  

Borj Bouaririj of Algeria downed their rivals setif in all Algerian face off 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 26-24) completly dominated by the winners.

 

Play off 9-12

Ahly Beni Ghazi (Libya) v Swehli 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-23)

FAR (Morocco) v Prisons (Kenya) 3-1 (25-16, 30-28, 23-25, 25-17)

 

Ahly Beni Ghazi Libya beat Rivals Swehli 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-23) in play off 9-12. Ahly took the matter seriously from the start of the game but Swehli came back late in the third set without actual seriousness. 

 

FAR of Morocco struggled to win against Prisons of Kenya 3-1 (25-16, 30-28, 23-25, 25-17) after a great show specially in the fourth set.

 

Play off 13-16                                                                         

Espoir (Congo RD) v Douanes (Burkina Faso) 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-11)

GSU (Kenya) v Autoridade (Mozambique) 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17)

 

Espoir of Congo RD overwhelm Douanes of Burkina Faso 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 23-25, 25-11) in 13 to 16 place play off.

 

GSU Kenya overcame the sluggish start to beat Autoridade Mozambique 3-1 (22-25, 26-24, 25-22, 25-17) after big resistance from Auroridade.

 

Play off 17 to 20

FAP (Cameroon) v KAVC (Uganda) 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 26-24)

APR (Rwanda) v Support United (Zimbabwe) 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22)

 

FAP of Cameroon claimed a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 26-24) victory over KAVC Uganda in Play off 17 to 20 positions. The Cameroonian team was more experienced to finish the job as early as possible. 

 

APR of Rwanda hammered Support United Zimbabwe 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-22) with increasing concentration in the attacks and defence.

 

Play off 21-24

Nemostars (Uganda) v Daim Hamad (Sudan) 3-2 (25-27, 20-27, 25-13, 25-17, 15-5)

Atletico Clube (Cape Verde) v Alnahada (Sudan) Atletico withdraw

 

Nemostars of Uganda grabbed a difficult win over Daim Hamad of Sudan 3-2 (25-27, 20-27, 25-13, 25-17, 15-5) in play off 21-24 positions in 2 dramatic hours, while Atletico withdraw in their match against Al Nahada of Sudan due to urgent departure.