Ahly upset defending champions GSP at Women's African Club Champs opening

27 March 2015

2015 Women's African Club Championship- Day 1  



 Cairo, Egypt, March 27, 2015- Six time champions Ahly of Egypt started their 2015 Women's African Club Championship in the right way after the beat defending Champions GSP of Algeria 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20) in the competition opening in October Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Friday.


 In another peak face off Pipeline of Kenya flew past FAP of Cameroon 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16) in another epic encounter.


 Organisers Shams started their campaign victorious as they took over the emerging Rwandan Revenue 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-17).


 The opening Ceremony was attended by CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani, the deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Dr Ashraf Sobhi, Control Committee President Nasiwu Sadik and Egyptian VB Fed President Foad Abdel Salam.  


Pool A

Shams (Egypt) v Revenue (Rwanda) 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-17)


Organizers Shams of Egypt dominated all the skills to overcome Revenue of Rwanda 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-17) in Pool A in a match lasting 78 minutes. Opposite attacker Aya Abdel Maksoud scored 17 points as the best scorer of the match to give her team a big boost in the match. Serphine Mukantambara led the Rwandan team scorers with 15 points.


 Shams team were better in reception and backline defence from the start to win the most difficult first set, but thereafter they used their combinations led by the setter Doaa to win the second and third set in easier way.


Pool B

Ahly (Egypt) v GS Petroliers (ALG) 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20)

Ahly of Egypt rebounded back after losing the first set to overcome defending champions GSP of Algeria 3-1 (21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20) in the most exciting match on opening day.


 The Cuban opposite spiker Yunieska Robles aided the winner with her unstoppable hits at the crucial time of each set and scored impressive 20 points to lead the match scorers. Zohra Bensalem led GSP scorers with 17 points.


 The Algerian team started the match in their optimum performance as they used the spikes of Zohra and the blocks of Aisha Mezmate to win the first set. Ahly players rebounded back and improved their defence to win three successive sets in their way to win 3-1.


Pool C

Pipeline (Kenya) v FAP (Cameroon) 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16)   

Kenya Pipeline fought for 104 minutes to clinch a valuable victory against FAP of Cameroon 3-1 (25-15, 20-25, 25-20, 25-16) in a big show for the record holders. The Kenyan opposite attacker Esther Wangechi contributed 16 points for her team as top scorer just equal to Simone Bikatal from FAP's side who scored the same number of points.


 After Pipeline started aggressively and won the first set, FAP came back with goods in the second set led by Bikatal to draw 1-1 due to frequent reception and digging mistakes before the Kenyans returned back through their efficient blockers to win the match 3-1


Pool D

Vision (Uganda) v Injis (Cameroon) 3-1 (13-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15)

Carthage (Tunisia) v ARSU (Seychelles) 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-13)


 Vision Volleyball Club of Uganda set the first surprise as they defeated the experienced Injis team from Cameroon 3-1 (13-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-15) in 103 minutes of thrilling fighting. Injis started the match with the best performance to win the first set after the great spikes from Rose Ngo Nkot. Vision team rebounded back in the second set and succeeded to lead the net action through their attacker Josephine Nammanda and won 3 consecutive sets in their way to win their first match in their debut at the African event.


 Carthage of Tunisia hammered ARSU of Seychelles 3-0 (25-17, 25-9, 25-13) in a match full of skills from the winners. Tunisian hitter Rahma Agrebi led her team scorers with 10 points, while Gerina Bonne was ARSU's scorer with 7 points.


 The Tunisian team used the experience of their tall players by the net as well as the skills to overwhelm the situation completely specially after the competitive first set.


Pool Composition

Pool A: Shams (EGY)- Revenue (RWA)- Saltigue (SEN)

Pool B: GSP (ALG)- KCB (KEN)- Ahly (EGY)

Pool C: Pipeline (KEN)- FAP (CMR)- Kutlwano (BOT)

Pool D: Carthage (TUN) - Vision (UGA)- Injis (CMR)- ARSU (SEY)


Day 2 Programme on Saturday March 28, 2015


D          10:00    Injis (CMR) X ARSU (SEY)

C          12:00    Pipeline (KEN) X Kutlwano (BOT)

D          14:00    Vision (UGA) x Carthage (TUN)

B          16:00    KCB (KEN) X GSP (ALG)

A          18:00    Revenue (RWA) X Saltigue (SEN)


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