NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya must beat Cameroon if they are to retain
any hope of reaching the semifinals of the Under-20 women’s
volleyball Africa Nations Championship in Nairobi.
Kenya’s cruise was
halted by Nigeria on Wednesday when they lost 3-1 with scores of
19-25, 26-24, 25-18 and 25-23.
Head coach Paul
Gitau has not given up hope and believes his side will find the
extra strength to make the last four.
“We still have our
chances. A win against Cameroon will see us finish second in our
pool and that is enough to secure us a ticket to the semifinals,”
said Gitau on Thursday in Nairobi.
are yet to lose a match, having defeated Nigeria and Tanzania,
and will be looking to put the final nail in Kenya’s coffin.
already secured qualification to the semifinals, there is a
possibility that Cameroon may field a weakened side in their tie
with Kenya, though Gitau is not banking on this eventuality.
“It is down to us
and not on expecting Cameroon to field a weakened side. We need
to work hard and rectify our previous mistakes to win the
match,” Gitau said.
Nigeria, who lost
their opening match against Cameroon, will be hoping Kenya
stumble against their West African opponents.
qualify, they will be up against defending champions Egypt, who
currently lead Pool B after winning three consecutive matches.
through as Pool B runners-up after edging Uganda in straight
sets on Wednesday. The other team in the group is Mauritius.
Egypt have won the
age group competition since 2002. However, Cameroon and Nigeria
stand out as strong challengers for the title, and will take
their fight to the Pharaohs’ doorstep.
finalists will secure a direct ticket to the World Under-20
Championships next year in Japan.
Egypt and Rwanda secure tickets
to women’s Under-20 volleyball World C’ships
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Egypt and Rwanda will represent Africa at the
women’s under-20 World Championships to be played in Mexico in
2019 after they placed top two in the Africa championships here
From a total of nine
teams after the week-long competition, the defending champion
Egypt and Rwanda secured the ticket to the global championships
as the best two sides.
The other teams
taking part in the competition are Uganda, Mauritius, Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), hosts Kenya, Nigeria and Cameroon.
“It is a great honor
for our young team to have come this far. I am happy to announce
that Rwanda and Egypt qualified for the FIVB Volleyball Women’s
U-20 World Championship in Mexico 2019,” said Rwanda volleyball
coach Paul Bitok here on Saturday.
Egypt, who have won
the tournament three consecutive times since 2012, captured
their ticket to the final of the Women’s U20 African Nations
Championship following their victory over Nigeria on Friday. The
defending champions proved their dominance after they beat
Nigeria in straight sets 25-7, 25-11, 25-8.
dark horses Cameroon 28-26, 23-25, 25-21 and 25-22 in the other
semifinal to qualify for their first ever African Nations final.
On Sunday, Egypt
will face Rwanda for the gold medal while Cameroon meet Nigeria
for the bronze medal.
classification matches, Kenya beat Mauritius 25-14, 25-22, 25-18
for the fifth to eighth play-off rankings while DRC overcame
Tanzania 23-25, 25-17, 25-19,25-20. Kenya will now play DRC
while Tanzania line up against Mauritius.