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AAG: Malkia Juniors Strike Gold in Congo

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Kenya extended her dominance in Africa women’s volleyball after the junior national team won the country’s third gold in African Games in Congo Brazzaville Monday evening.

Kenya cruised past Cameroon 3-1 (15-25, 25-14, 25-15, and 25-19) in the final of the women's competition at Henry Elende Hall in Brazzaville, Congo.

This came as a surprise to the junior team who performed beyond expectation, even surpassing the senior team that missed this medal four years ago, interestingly to the same Cameroonian side in Maputo, Mozambique.

It has been a brilliant three months for Kenya. The African Games title is the third major honour for the volleyball team who barely three months ago triumphed in the African Nations Championships, winning a record ninth title. Last month, the senior team made history after winning their group at the FIVB world Grand Prix in Australia before finishing 10th at the FIVB World Cup.

After the final CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani accompanied by Congo VB Fed President Jean Claude Mopita honoured the top 3 teams in presence of the competition Control Committee.

Kenya overcame a shaky start and recovered from a set behind to win a thrilling encounter against Cameroon in a final that lasted an hour and 27 minutes.

Cameroon started the match as the better side using the spikes of Nana Tchoudjang and Theorine Aboa and succeeded to lead steadily until they won the first set 25-15.

The second set showed completely a different picture as the Kenyan side came back aggressively with their better reception and digging to lead 8-3 and 16-7 in the first and second technical timeouts (TTOs). Kenya then employed solid blocks which stopped Cameroon to draw 1-1 after winning the set 25-14.

The East Africans maintained their lead throughout the third set with quick attacks led by center blockers turned attackers Edith Wisa and Joan Chelegat. Despite changes made by Cameroonian technical bench in the third set, Kenya won the subsequent set 25-15, before grabbing the fourth set 25-19

Leonida Kasaya scored a massive 25 points for the new African champions while Wisa contributed five points out Kenya’s 14 from blocks to finish top in the individual blocking category. Wisa who only trained for a week with the team was also the best scorer (blocks) in their semi-final match against Egypt where she managed seven points.

Egypt claimed the bronze with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-6, 25-15) win over Seychelles in the third place match lasting only 61 minutes.

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Kenya Queens Trounce Egypt to Reach African Games Volleyball Final

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Kenya women’s volleyball team rallied to beat Egypt in the semi-final of the ongoing All African Games in Congo Brazzaville, Sunday evening and book a final berth against Cameroon.

Kenya beat arch-rivals Egypt 3-2 (25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 25-14, 15-11) despite a scare in the second and third sets having won the opening set 25-21.

The much-weakened Kenyan outfit fought for a marathon 130 minutes especially in the third set where they fought from behind 5-11, 11-18, 24-24 but eventually lost the set 26-24, an identical scoreline Egypt triumphed with in the second set.

Mwombe setback

Kenya then suffered an injury scare when Kenya Prisons’ centre player Esther Mwombe was rushed to the hospital after she picked a nasty injury that could put her out of Monday’s final at Henry Elende Hall in Brazzaville, Congo.

However, the girls recovered from the blow with middle blocker Edith Mukuvilani playing her best on her way to being the top point scorer with an impressive 24 points which included seven kill blocks. The junior Kenyan team won the fourth set 25-14 and the decisive fifth 15-11. Aya El Shami led the Egyptians with 16 points in their losing efforts.

Rematch

Kenya will face Cameroon in the final in a repeat of their pool B second match which the West Africans won 3-2 while Egypt will play for the bronze medal against Seychelles.

Cameroon are yet to lose a match in the tournament and reached the final after thumping Seychelles 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-23).

Cameroon overwhelmed the blocking and serving activity throughout the match as they had advantage of 12/4 in stuff blocks and 4/1 in ace services. Laeticia Bassoko led the winners with 14 points.

Team Kenya won bronze in the last edition of these games held in Maputo, Mozambique in 2011 while Cameroon took the silver after losing 3-1 to Algeria in the final.

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