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Kenya and Nigeria women secure All Africa Games semifinal tickets
Kenya and Nigeria women teams became the first to secure semifinal tickets at the volleyball competition of the 2011 All Africa Games held here at Maputo, Mozambique on Saturday following the second day of the preliminary round which showed also Algeria and Cameroon men teams achieving the second victory in row but without 100% confirming the semifinal spot.
The second day continued dark for the organizers as both Mozambique men and women teams lost their matches to miss any hope to qualify for the semis and now they will compete for the 5 to 8 places
In the men competition Cameroon and Algeria led the pools A and B respectively with two straight victories, while Kenya and Nigeria led pool A in the women competition and Algeria topped pool B
The third and last day of the preliminary round will be held on Sunday where the rest of semifinal tickets to be determined.
Men Pool A
Cameroon beat Mozambique 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-23)
Rwanda beat Seychelles 3-1 (27-29, 25-13, 25-10, 27-25)
Cameroon continued their winning rhythm as they trounced the hosts Mozambique in straight sets (25-17, 25-13, 25-23). After Cameroon won widely the first and second sets due to the marvelous attacks from Jean Ndaki and Jean Ndongo, Mozambique played their best in the competition and led for the first time in the match 23-22 before Cameroon ended the journey 25-23 through a successful spike from Ndaki.
Cameroon advanced to 2-0 in their win- loss record, while Mozambique dropped to 0-2 to play for the positions 5 to 8.
Rwanda came back from one set behind to win strong face off against Seychelles 3-1 (27-29, 25-13, 25-10, 27-25). The win activated the Rwandan dreams of semifinal vacancy. The Rwandan opposite Guma Yakan was the key factor of the victory with his razor sharp hits from positions 3 that couldn’t be dealt with by the blockers. He also motivated his colleagues with his fighting spirit through the match
Men Pool B
Algeria beat Kenya 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21)
Nigeria beat South Africa 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 27-25)
Algeria men team continued their superior performance as the opposite spiker Mahdi Hachemi guided his team to the second victory over the fighting Kenya 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21) in a fluctuating encounter. After Algeria won the first set, the Kenyan team came back with the tight block and the disciplined defense and they succeeded to develop their attacks through the wing spikers Philip Maiyo and James Ontere to draw 1-1. The Algerian opposite Mehdi Hachemi played his best in the third and fourth sets aided by the setter Khaled Kessai as he scored most of the crucial points to bring the victory 3-1 to his team.
The Algerian team improved their win- loss ratio to 2-0 to lead the pool, while Kenya dropped to 1-1 and still have their hope to qualify to the semis when they meet South Africa in the third and last day of the preliminary round on Sunday.
Nigeria recovered after losing against Kenya in the opening day to down South Africa 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 27-25) in 64 minutes. After Nigeria won easily the first set, South Africa came to the match with their tight block and they used the tactical service to win a lot of points that made them near throughout the second and third sets. The Nigerian team used the experience of their players to win the critical points specially in the third set where they won narrowly 27-25.
Nigeria improved their record to 1-1 to enrich their hope of a semifinal ticket when they meet Algeria in the last day of the first round on Monday, while South Africa dropped to 0-2.
Women Pool A
Kenya beat Mozambique 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13)
Nigeria beat Seychelles 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21)
Kenya women continued their magnificent start at the All Africa Games with a second win 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13) over the host Mozambique to secure a semifinal berth. Kenya improved their win- loss ration to 2-0. Mozambique dropped to 0-2 and now they will play for the 5 to 8 brackets.
The Kenyan coach David Lungaho played with some of the substitutes to give rest to some of the standing players specially the main setter Jane Wacu and the center Brackcide Khadambi, but the substitutes played well and intended to show their quality before the critical stage of the competition.
Nigeria continued to delight their fans in the games with s straight sets victory over the spirited Seychelles (25-23, 25-21, 25-21) to secure the second semifinal slot of the pool along with Kenya after they improved their record to 2-0, while Seychelles dropped to 0-2 to play for the 5 to 8 places.
Although Nigeria played their best but they overcame their struggling opponent after they won the critical points of each set after a great fought.
Women Pool B
Senegal best Botswana 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20)
Algeria beat Cameroon 3-1 (24-26, 25-11, 25-21, 25-22)
Senegal rebounded from a first-day loss to Cameroon with a 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20) win over Algeria in Pool B. Senegal improved their win- loss record to 1-1 to renew their hopes of a semifinal berth, while Botswana dropped to 0-2.
Senegal again used their dominance at the net and the strong spikes that weren’t tolerated by Botswana except in the second set when Botswana improved their backline defense to build up their attacks through the outside hitters, but Senegal regained their rhythm to win two successive sets and the match 3-1.
In what is described as an early final Algeria overcame the sluggish start and rebounded from a set behind to win a thriller 3-1 (24-26, 25-11, 25-21, 25-22) match against Cameroon. The match started with a highly motivated performance form Cameroon team led by their efficient spiker Rose Rebbecca who sent her unstoppable hits from position 4. The Algerian wing spiker Faiza Tsabet emerged with a fantastic spikers from position 2 and 4 and it was difficult for the Cameroonian defense to tolerate her hits and thus Algeria won three successive sets to win 3-1.
Algeria improved their record to 2-0 to lead the women pool B, while Cameroon dropped to 1-1.
Day 2 results, September 3, 2011
Cameroon v Mozambique 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-23)
Rwanda v Seychelles 3-1 (27-29, 25-13, 25-10, 27-25)
Algeria v Kenya 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 25-21, 25-21)
Nigeria beat South Africa 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 27-25)
Kenya v Mozambique 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-13)
Nigeria v Seychelles 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-21)
Senegal v Botswana 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20)
Algeria v Cameroon 3-1 (24-26, 25-11, 25-21, 25-22)
Day 3 Program September 4, 2011
Seychelles v Cameroon Mozambique v Rwanda
South Africa v Kenya Algeria v Nigeria
Mozambique v Seychelles Nigeria v Kenya
Cameroon v Botswana Senegal v Algeria