SEVEN time African volleyball champions Kenya Pipeline trounced defending champions GS Petrolier of Algeria 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25- 21) yesterday at the Sixth October Hall, Cairo, Egypt to book a semi-final slot at the on going Africa Club Championships.
The former most sought after national team player, left attacker Asha Makuto, turned libero stood out in the match, frustrating the North Africans spikes with her well co-ordinated back court reception.
After yesterday’s results, the Kenya Volleyball Federation league champions remain the only unbeaten side in the annual tournament.
On their way to the quarter finals, the Japheth Munala coached side beat FAP of Cameroon 3-1 and went ahead to demolish Kutlwano of Botswana 3-0 in group “C”.
Commenting on the win, national team booster Janet Wanja said it was a tough match, but was quick to laud the players for the good performance.
“We played well and am glad our efforts paid off. We hope to ride on the current form and go all the way to the final and, hopefully, emerge the winners,” Wanja said.
The Kenya team assistant captain said the focus now shifts to the semi-final match.
“We are happy we won against the reigning champions. However, our focus shifts to the semi-final stages. As per now we are yet to know who we will be facing in the semis, but we are in a good place,” said the Mukumu Girls High School alumni.
In the earlier match, a play off for position 9 to 16, Arsu Seychelles beat Saltigue of Senegal 3-2 (25-11, 25-12, 21-25, 15-25, 15-10).
Other quarter-final matches that were yet to be played yesterday between Sharms of Egypt and Vision of Uganda, Carthage of Tunisia and Armee Patriotique du Rwanda and multiple winners Al Ahly of Egypt against FAP of Cameroon.