Kenya claim historic 9th African Nations crown in style

20 June 2015

2015 Women's African Nations Championship- Final  

Nairobi, Kenya, June 20, 2015- African powerhouses Kenya claimed their 9th historic Africa title after beating the North African giants Algeria 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20) in the final of 2015 Women's African Nations Championship held at Kasarani Indoor Arena in Nairobi, Kenya on Saturday.

 

 Both finalists Kenya and Algeria already  secured the 2 African Tickets for 2015 FIVB World Cup to be staged in Japan August 22 to September 6. 

 

Kenya added their 9th title and third in a row to their studded history after 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2013, while Algeria remain with a single victory in 2009.

 

Cameroon captured the bronze medals following their thrilling victory over struggling Senegal 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 14-25, 25-13, 17-15) in epic tiebreaker.

 

The closing ceremony was attended by CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani, Kenyan Minister of Sports Hassan Wario, Kenya Commissioner of Sports Goduin Oluoch, CAVB vice president and Kenya VB Federation President Waithaka Kioni, Control Committee President Camelo Antao, SOC Delegates Gustave Nkurunziza, William Nhlapo and Referee Delegate Mohamed Lazeroug.

 

Final

Kenya v Algeria 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-20)

 

 Kenya announced their intention of winning their ninth title with the first ball. Evelyn Makuto sent the ball across opponent side with a powerful attack and a second by Esther Wangeci helped them take a 2-0 lead but a gritty Algeria forced a 2-2 tie to send some chill down the spines of expectant crowd that turned up for the match.

 

Algerian setter, Oukari Zahra was punished for lifting the ball and the mistake helped Kenya take an 8-5 lead into the first technical timeout.

 

Kenya further stretched their lead 13-7, 18-10, 21-15 but a poor service by Makuto and a block from Algeria's Lydia Oloumou helped the visitors score two points to take the score 21-17. The host would then put a break on Algeria's attempt to win their second African title when they wrapped the first set 25-17.

 

Kasarani Gymnasium was filled to the brim and those fans who came late were locked out from catching the action inside the 6,000 capacity Arena which could not accommodate more spectators.

 

Algeria started strongly the second set, taking a 4-2 lead but Kenya, who played their 10th final caught up with the runaway leaders 5-5. Algeria seems to have learnt how to neutralise the opposition and with short balls and strong back court defence, they walked side by side- 8-7, 10-10, 12-13 with the host despite an intimidating crowd.

 

Algeria crept back into the match despite surrendering 12-15 when they cut the lead to within one point having caught up with Kenya 17-17 but a small pep talk by Kenyan coach David Lung'aho after a time out saw his side marginally win the set 25-21.

 

Algeria forced Kenya to commit silly mistakes, which saw them take an 8-4 lead at the first technical timeout of the third set. Jane Wacu, Kenyan setter who was ineffective in this set was pulled out for Janet Wanja and Kenya's services improved to help the bridge a five point. lead (10-5) to three at 10-7.

 

All was well for Algeria until the last 10 minutes of the game when Kenya mounted a strong attack to which helped the caught up with Algeria 18-18 having trailed 7-12, 9-15, 13-17 only to win their ninth crown with a 25-20.

 

Bronze Medal

Cameroon v Senegal 3-2 (25-19, 23-25, 14-25, 25-13, 17-15)

 

Cameroon took the opening set 25-19 but their defence weakened in the subsequent set allowing Senegal to take the lead from the first service to open a 8-3 lead. But with the match tied 23-23, Amadou Sene introduced Ndiaye Bineta in place of Seck Mbayang who won a vital point when she forced a block; and a poor service from Cameroon's Bikatal Simone who served the net to give helped Senegal come back to the game after. Diagne Marieme killed the set with a powerful spike after Cameroonians failed to go for the blocks to help Senegal level the scores 1-1 following a 25-23 win.

 

Senegal's Seck Mbayang and Marieme erected firm blocks sending the side to an 8-2 lead. Akono's charges were tensed and lost concentration in the set resulting to poor reception to allow Senegal run away with a 25-14 win.

 

Senegal was dented a an injury blow when Mbayang twisted her right ankle and the bilingual nation, Cameroon took advantage to dominate the fourth set, cruising to a 16-7 upper hand. Laxity in Sene's camp helped Cameroon clinch the set to send the game to deciding fifth set.

 

It was a neck to neck battle in the rally set but poor services by Senegal gifted Cameroon win the match 17-15 to win the match 3-2 (25-19, 23-25,14-25, 25-23,17-15)

 

Individual Awards

  • Best Setter: Jane Wachu (Kenya)
  • Best Receiver: Moma Bassoko (Cameroon)
  • Best Libero: Nafula Wanyama   (Kenya)
  • Best Attacker: Fatou Diuock (Senegal)
  • Best Blocker: Ruth Jepngetich (Kenya)
  • Best Server: Lydia Oloumou (Algeria)
  • MVP: Everline Makuto (Kenya)

 

Final Ranking

  1. Kenya
  2. Algeria
  3. Cameroon
  4. Senegal
  5. Tunisia
  6. Morocco
  7. Mauritius
  8. Botswana

 

All Results

Final and Bronze medal

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

1

20-Jun

KEN-ALG

3-0

25-17

25-21

25-20

   

75-58

1:11

6000

2

20-Jun

SEN-CMR

2-3

19-25

25-23

25-14

13-25

15-17

97-104

1:49

4000

 

Ranking 5 to 8

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

1

18-Jun

BOT-MRI

1-3

25-17

21-25

19-25

21-25

 

86-92

1:41

200 

2

18-Jun

TUN-MAR

3-1

25-16

25-21

21-25

25-21

     

400

 

Semifinal 1-4

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

15

17-Jun

SEN- ALG

0-3

14-25

17-25

22-25

   

53-75

1:12

 3000

16

17-Jun

KEN- CMR

3-0

25-22

25-14

25-22

   

75-58

1.21

 5000

 

Play off 5-8

No

Date

Teams

Set

Result per set (points)

Total
Points

Time

Audience

1

2

3

4

5

13

17-Jun

BOT-- MAR

0-3

22-25

22-25

12-25

   

56-75

1:28

500 

14

17-Jun

TUN-MRI

3-0

25-13

25-17

25-14

   

75-44

1.09

 1000

 

Pool A

M/No.

Date

MATCHES

Sets Result

WINNER

Results per set (points)

1

2

3

4

5

1

12/6/2015

Mauritius

Vs

kenya

O

:

3

KEN

12

:

25

13

:

25

17

:

25

 

:

 

 

:

 

2

13/6/2015

Botswana

Vs

Algeria

1

:

3

ALG

17

:

25

25

:

17

20

:

25

16

:

25

 

:

 

3

14/6/2015

Mauritius

Vs

Botswana

1

:

3

BOT

22

:

25

25

:

23

23

:

25

15

:

25

 

:

 

4

14/6/2015

Kenya

Vs

Algeria

3

:

0

KEN

25

:

20

25

:

22

25

:

19

 

:

 

 

:

 

5

15/6/2015

Algeria

Vs

Mauritius

3

:

0

ALG

25

:

15

25

:

15

26

:

24

 

:

 

 

:

 

6

15/6/2015

Kenya

Vs

Botswana

 

:

 

 

25

:

19

25

:

12

25

:

18

 

:

 

 

:

 

 

Pool B

M/No.

Date

MATCHES

Sets Result

WINNER

Results per set (points)

1

2

3

4

5

1

12/6/2015

senegal

Vs

Cameroon

3

:

2

SEN

20

:

25

25

:

27

25

:

16

25

:

20

15

:

12

2

13/6/2015

Tunisia

Vs

Morocco

3

:

1

TUN

24

:

26

25

:

17

25

:

21

25

:

13

 

:

 

3

14/6/2015

Cameroon

Vs

Morocco

3

:

O

CMR

25

:

17

25

:

18

25

:

20

 

:

 

 

:

 

4

14/6/2015

senegal

Vs

Tunisia

3

:

2

SEN

14

:

25

17

:

25

25

:

18

25

:

20

15

:

12

5

15/6/2015

Tunisia

Vs

cameroun

2

:

3

CMR

25

:

15

18

:

25

26

:

28

26

:

24

13

:

15

6

15/6/2015

Morocco

Vs

Senegal

2

:

3

SEN

25

:

23

25

:

22

9

:

25

18

:

25

9

:

15

 

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

Cameroun

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

 

Videos in Youtube Channel

Follow also videos in CAVB Youtube channel

Highlights of Cameroon v Senegal in the bronze medal match

Traditional Kenyan supporters in the tribune of Kasarani Hall

Cameroon's  Middle blocker Antonia Ahone speaking after the Bronze medal match against Senegal

Cameroon team celebrating the bronze medal

Highlights of the final match Kenya against Algeria

 

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