Kenya and Algeria battle for African Nations crown

20 June 2015

Nairobi, Kenya, June 19, 2015-  Organizers and defending champions Kenya will battle it out against North African giants Algeria for the African queen's title when they meet at the 2015 Women's African Nations Championship final at Kasarani Sports Hall in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday 16:00 local time.


 Both teams Kenya and Algeria already confirmed their tickets for the 2015 FIVB Women's World Cup to be staged in Japan, August 22 to September 6 to represent Africa in the elite event.


 Beside the prestigious World Cup ticket, Kenya is seeking their 9th continental crown in 17 editions of the supreme African competition, while Algeria want to revenge losing the cup twice against the Kenya in 2007 and 2011 towards their second title after 2009 when they beat Tunisia in absence of the central African arch rivals Kenya.  


 On the other hand Senegal fight for their first ever medal when they face the World Championship finalists Cameroon for the Bronze medal.


 Kenya booked a carbon copy finals clash with Algeria whom they beat 3-0 at the group 'A' match following a 3-0 (25-22,25-14,25-22) win against Cameroon, while Algeria erased Senegal's 'Queens of Comeback' tag when they knocked out Amadou Sene side from reaching their first final following straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-22) win in the other semis.


Evelyn Makuto, (sister to Kenya Pipeline's utility player Asha and Violet and Luke (Makuto) of General Service Unit  team), was vital for Kenya's win against  Akono Jean Rene chargea which put them at pole position to win their ninth continental title.


"We are going to the match as if we've not played them (Algeria) before," a much improved Makuto who was outstanding in the match said in a post match interview.


"As a player, the best thing is to believe in yourself and follow the instruction from the coach even if you think it is not the best advise; that has been my secret this year," added Makuto, a Kenya Police attached to the Prisons department.


Algeria ended Senegal's comeback display when they strangled them (25-14, 25-17, 25-22) in the one side semi final match.


Algerian coach, Francois Salvagni is a man who like living in the present time, and just like he did after his last match win against Mauritius, the Italian quickly turned his attention to the big match ahead, against Kenya.


While Kenyan fans are yet to forget a painful lose Algeria subjected them into in 2012 in Algiers when they denied them the Olympics slot, for Francois it will be just one of those match pitting top two Africa's best teams.


"I was not there when Algeria beat Kenya but I've been told about the rivalry between the two teams and this will be a good match. I like playing big matches," the Italian who took charge of Algeria late last year said ahead of the match.


Fatma Oukazi , Algerian Captain has also predicted a tough duel against Kenya and while she was impressed by her team's overall performance against Senegal, the experienced setter warned her team mates of any shred of complacency in the final.


"We have played Kenya severally and they are a dangerous side, we just need to keep full concentration in the match," Oukazi said of the good match ahead.


Cameroon will have a chance to revenge their group 'B' match loss to Senegal when the two west African nations meet at Bronze medal face off.


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