Cameroon and Kenya through to Women's African champs final

13 October 2017

2017 Women's African Nations Championship- Semifinal

 

 Yaoundé, Cameroon, October 13, 2017- Hosts Cameroon and defending champions Kenya booked 2018 World Championship tickets after they qualified to the final of the 2017 Women's African Nations Championship following their deserved victories over dark horses Senegal and favourites Egypt respectively, in the semifinal of the competition at Palais des Sports in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Friday.

 

 Cameroon line up against the record holder Kenya in the competition final on Saturday for the second time in the competition history after 2013 when Kenya beat the west African country in the final in Nairobi. Egypt meet Senegal for the bronze medal.

 

Kenya had 9 titles under their name including 5 of the last 6 editions, while Cameroon didn't win the title before in two finals they played in 1999 and 2013. Cameroon took on fighting Senegal 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 27-25) in a match attended by 5000 spectators who enjoyed their home team qualification.

 

 Kenya overcame Egypt in one of the African most famous derbies 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19) in a match that show serious injury for the loser's efficient center Aya Khalid.

 

 In the lay off 5 to 8 places, Algeria came up with the best performance to beat Nigeria 3-1 (25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20). Meanwhile Tunisia beat Botswana 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14) in the other match. Algeria play Tunisia in a North African derby for the 5th and 6th positions. The losers Nigeria and Botswana meet for the 7th and 8th places.

 

The tournament doubles as the Women’s African Championship and the top two will qualify for FIVB World Championship in Japan 2018, which runs from September 29-October 20.

 

Semifinal Results

Play off 5-8:

Algeria v Nigeria 3-1 (25-13, 25-11, 22-25, 25-20). More

Tunisia v Botswana 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-14). More

Semifinal 1-4

Kenya v Egypt 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19). More

Cameroon v Senegal 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 27-25). More

 

Finals Programme

11:00 -7-8 Places: Nigeria v Botswana

13:00 -5-6 Places: Algeria v Tunisia

16:00 -Bronze Medal: Egypt v Senegal

18:00 -Final: Kenya v Cameroon