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3 September 2015
2015 All Africa Games- Day 1
Favourites start victorious at All Africa Games opening
Brazzaville, Congo, September 2, 2015- The volleyball competition at the 2015 All Africa Games got underway at Henry Elende Hall in Brazzaville, Congo in presence of African Volleyball Confederation "CAVB" President Dr Amr Elwani with 3 matches in each gender in the competition pools on Wednesday.
In Men's competition Giants Egypt and Cameroon emerged victorious along with the up and coming Cape Verde. In Women's Category Kenya were the stars of the day beating their compatriots Algeria, beside other victories for Ghana and Nigeria.
Cape Verde v Seychelles 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12)
Cape Verde came from a set behind to clinch exciting five set victory over battling Seychelles 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 18-25, 25-23, 15-12) in 128 minutes in Pool B. Valdir Reis scored the day's best 25 points to lead the match scorers followed by Hello Sanches with 13. Rodney Kong contributed 15 points in the loser's attempt. The winners overwhelmed the net action through their better blocking as they had double mark in successful blocks with 16/8.
Egypt v Mozambique 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-18)
Egypt outclassed Mozambique 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-18) in Pool A match lasting 53 minutes. The Egyptian coach Mohamed Moselhi used most of his line up during the 3 sets to bring the victory. Mozambique played a good match according to their capabilities and improved the score set by set.
Cameroon v Ghana 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-14)
Cameroon cruised past emerging Ghana 3-0 (25-20, 25-22, 25-) in Pool B. Cameroon deployed their taller blockers beside using the strong attackers to bring the first win. Ghana showed a lot of motivations during the match however Cameroon were more experienced to settle the result
Men Pools composition
Pool A: Congo Brazzaville- Gambia- Botswana- Nigeria- Egypt- Mozambique
Pool B: Cameroon- Ghana- Seychelles- Cape Verde- Algeria- Rwanda
Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria start as heroes of the first day as they set the first win against Algeria, Congo and Mozambique in day 1 of the 2015 All Africa Games held in Henry Elende Hall in Brazzaville, Congo on Wednesday. The competition features 12 teams divided into 2 pools of 6, where each Pool play a round robin tournament to determine the top 2 teams who qualify to the semifinal.
Ghana v Congo 3-0 (25-11, 25-20, 25-21)
Ghana overcame Hosts Congo in straight sets (25-11, 25-20, 25-21) in 74 minutes in Pool A. Ghana's attacker Mary Addai led her team scorers with 16 points followed by Korkoe Bavon 10 points. Petronie Nkoka contributed 7 points for the hosts. Ghana had also an advantage of 10-4 in areas of blocking and 34-19 in spiking success.
Nigeria v Mozambique 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21)
Nigeria's used their experience to overwhelm Mozambique 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) in 74 minutes in Pool B. Mercy Promise topped the Nigerian scorers with 17 points followed by Theresa Okonma 10. Barilla Manilia headed the loser's scorers with 17 points. Leading to the victory the winners had also 10/6 in stuff blocks and 36/27 in attacking success. The losers had the advantage in ace services with 6/4.
Kenya v Algeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23)
Kenya upset Algeria 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23) in opening day's most thrilling match lasting 123 minutes in Pool B. the Central African team again prove their dominance in the typical continental classic encounter between the current African Giants after the Kenyan won the last African Nations Championship's final and also the head to head encounters' in both of this year's World Grand Prix and World Cup .
Leonida Kasaya led the Kenyan scorers with 17 points followed by Edith Mukuvilani 12, while Algeria's outside hitter Safia Boukhaima led losers with 14. The Kenyan blockers actually made the great difference as they had 18/8 in terms of stuff blocks.
Women's Pool Composition
Pool A: Congo Brazzaville- Ghana- Senegal- Seychelles- Egypt- Botswana
Pool B: Nigeria- Mozambique- Algeria- Kenya- Cape Verde- Cameroon