Kenyan representatives in the Africa Volleyball ladies championships Kenya Prisons and Kenya Pope line started off well in their challenge for the title in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday evening.
Both registered identical 3-0 wins with Prisons beating Cameroon side Injis 25-19, 25-17, 25-23 while Kenya Pipeline beat Ghana Police 25-20, 25-15, 25-17.
Mercy Moim led from th front for scoring 16 points in the game that took an hour and a quarter.
It was a game Kenya Prisons we totally dominant from the onset a coach David Lung’aho is happy with the start.
“I am happy with the way we played. I said earlier that the toughest part to navigate is the group stage. A good start is important and we have started well,” he said.
“It was not an easy game because the Cameroonian side also bottled well. That is now behind is and we look ahead, ” he added.
Pipeline coached by Japheth Munala did not dissapoint too.
They provided a clinical performance against the policewomen from Ghana.
“I am please with the way we played. Th girls showed hunger for victory,” he told dimbasports.com.
In other matches played on Friday, defending champions Al Ahly (Egypt) beat Wilaya Bejaia (Algeria) 3-1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-14, 25-21) in a Pool B match while hosts Carthage eased past Ndejje (Uganda) 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-14) in Pool A.
Kenya Prisons face Jos South from Nigeria on Saturday while Pipeline will play Algeria’s Sonatrach on Sunday from 7pm.
Seventeen teams are battling it out for the Championship making a great record of participating teams in the history of the competition since its beginning in 1986.
Pool A: Carthage (Tunisia)- Ndejje (Uganda)- Revenue (Rwanda)- Mechaal Bejaia (Algeria)
Pool B: Ahly (Egypt)- Sfax (Tunisia)- Wilaya Bejaia (Algeria)- Bafia (Cameroon)
Pool C: Pipeline (Kenya)- FAP (Cameroon)- GSP (Algeria)- Police (Ghana)
Pool D: El Shams (Egypt)- Prisons (Kenya)- Ndella (Gabon)- Jos South (Nigeria)- Injis (Cameroon)
Among the favourites for the crown are Kenya’s Pipeline, defending champions Egypt’s Ahly with 7 titles each, followed by Prisons of Kenya with 5 cups under their name. 2015 Bronze medallists Carthage, Algeria’s GSP and Cameroon’s FAP are also among the strong teams of the competition.