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Algeria, Cameroon and Rwanda join the top four at All Africa Games
After Kenya and Nigeria secured their vacancies in the semifinals of the 2011 All Africa games, Algeria and Cameroon's women and Cameroon, Rwanda, Algeria and Kenya's men's teams completed the fixtures after the third and last day of the pool stage here at Maxaquene Hall in Maputo, Mozambique on Sunday.
CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani, Cameroon Minister of Sports and physical education Zoah Michel, Nigeria Minister of Sports and Chairman of Sports Commission Yusuf Suleiman, Algeria Minister of Youth and Sports El Hachemi Djiar, CAVB Vice President Majore Timba, and the other CAVB officials Mory Keita, Aminata Fofana, Morkinyo Ebenzer, Majid Djirad and Emmanuel Ngoloko were all in attendance.
Women Pool A
Kenya beat Nigeria 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21)
Mozambique beat Seychelles 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-20, 18-16)
Kenya continued their clean sheet after they overpowered Nigeria 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21) in their third match of the tournament. Kenya led the pool with the full win-loss record 3-0, while Nigeria dropped to 2-1 to finish second in the pool and now join Kenya in the next phase.
The Kenyan team dominated the match from the start thanks to setter Jane Wacu and wing spiker Everlyne Makuto. After the second set Nigeria arranged their block and backline defense to come back but the Kenyan experience settled the situation for their side at the end of the set.
Mozambique fought for 121 minutes to achieve their first victory as they beat Seychelles 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-20, 18-16) in a thrilling marathon.
Mozambique improved their win-loss ratio to 1-2 to finish third in the pool, while Seychelles dropped to 0-3 to end at the bottom of the pool, but both of the teams will play for the 5 to 8 places.
The match was fluctuating between the two teams as Seychelles won the first set, but Mozambique quickly rebounded and drew 1-1. Again Seychelles improved their reception and won the third set before Mozambique, with the support of more than 1,200 spectators. succeeded to draw 2-2. finally they won the tournament’s first tie break 18-16 to set the first victory in front of the their passionate fans.
Women Pool B
Algeria beat Senegal 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-19)
Cameroon best Botswana 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-13)
Algeria maintained their momentum with another win, this time over Senegal 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-19) in Pool B match.
Algeria improved their win-loss ratio to 3-0 to lead the pool, while Senegal finished third with 1-2 record.
Algerian setter Fatima Zahra was the key factor for her side not only with her combinations,m especially with wing spiker Faiza Tsabet, but also through her leadership throughout the match.
Cameroon fought for 105 minutes to take on the spirited Botswana team 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-13) to secure a semifinal ticket by finishing second with a 2-1 record, while Botswana dropped to 0-3 to finish bottom of the pool and play for the 5 to 8 bracket.
As usual Cameroon outside hitter Rose Rebecca played a great role to win the match, especially during critical moments of each set, but she suffered with the tight block from Botswana.
Day 3 Results September 4, 2011
Mozambique v Seychelles 3-2 (20-25, 25-19, 16-25, 25-20, 18-16)
Kenya v Nigeria 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21)
Cameroon v Botswana 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-13)
Algeria v Senegal 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-19)
Kenya v Cameroon
Algeria v Nigeria
Play off 5-8
Mozambique v Botswana
Senegal v Seychelles