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.
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.
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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