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September 24, 2018

Kenyans crash out: Cameroon force hosts out of the Africa show before semis

Belinda Nanjala and Betty Sifuna mounts blocks against Nigeria on Wednesday in thier secon match of the women’s Under 20 African Nations Chmapionship at Moi Stadium Indoor Arena, Kasarani.   /COURTESY
Belinda Nanjala and Betty Sifuna mounts blocks against Nigeria on Wednesday in thier secon match of the women’s Under 20 African Nations Chmapionship at Moi Stadium Indoor Arena, Kasarani. /COURTESY

Kenya Junior volleyball team crushed out of the women’s Under-20 African Nations Championship after surrendering a one set lead to fall to Cameroon 3-1(25-20, 25-19, 25-23, 29-27) at the Moi Stadium Indoor Arena, Kasarani yesterday.

Following the win, Cameroon top Pool ‘A’ with Nigeria second, having won their last pool match against Tanzania 3-1 (25-22, 25-16,18-25, 25-15).

Once again, Kenya coach Paul Gitau tinkered with the squad, handing Belinda Nanjala and Mercy Likhayo a starting berth as hosts led 8-3 at the first technical time out of the first set.

Good combination by Immaculate Misiko, Nanjala and Likhayo impressed up-front as Kenya extended lead 14-5 and 16-8 at the second technical time out.

Cameroon then awarded Kenya free points with their poor services as Kenya led 20-10 before Pamela Owino and Nanjala excelled to power to 22-14. However, the Kenyan girls became complacent, allowing the visitors to close gap 20-24. However, that is as far as the west Africans could go as Kenyans sealed the set 25-20.

The Cameroonians then put their act together in the second set with coach Anong Ivan Cla resting Mballa Ekando for Carelle Meganou as Kenyans raced to 8-6 lead at 1st TTO. Owino’s individual efforts did the magic as Kenya extended lead to 12-8 before taking a narrow 16-15 lead at the 2nd TTO.

However, Cameroon tightened the blocks as they raced past Kenyans to lead 20-16, 23-19 before bagging the set 25-19 to level the sets 1-1.

Cameroon then took advantage of the rather unsettled hosts to lead 8-4 and 16-13 at the 1st TTO and 2nd TTO in the third set. Kenyans temporarily took over the lead 19-17 but once again fumbled to allow visitors to take the set 25-23 for a 2-1 set advantage. Kenya then held nerve to lead 8-7 in the fourth set before Cameroon turned the tables to overtake 16-14. Kenyans tried to chase as Cameroon pushed them to the wall scored at will to take the set 29-27

In the earlier matches played at the same venue, Mauritius recorded their second win after defeating Uganda 3-0 (25-13, 25-21,25-10) in their last pool match.

Mauritius had won against Rwanda in their first match of Pool ‘B’.

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