Cairo, Egypt, March 28, 2016 - Egypt's Al Geish, Tunisia's Esperance, Cameroon's FAP and RD Congo's Espoir completed the quarterfinal line-up at the end of the 2016 Men's African Club Championship Preliminary Round at Cairo Stadium Complex in Egypt on Monday.
Now Zamalek will play Smouha in a purely Egyptian encounter in the quarterfinals, while Ahly take on Esperance in a repeat of their final encounters in 2014 and 2015. Swehly will line up against FAP while Geish battle it out against Espoir in the other face-offs on Tuesday.
In Preliminary Round Pool A, Swehly maintained their perfect record as they claimed a fifth victory in a row against DGSP (CGO) 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-9) to improve their win-loss ratio to 5-0 with 14 points. The losers dropped to a 1-4 win-loss ratio and fourth place.
Zamalek (EGY) secured second position in Pool A after their victory against Police (SEN) 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-15).
Gendarmerie (MAD) defeated Daim Hamad (SUD) 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-10) to finish third in Pool A with a 3-3 record, leaving the Sudanese team in fourth position.
Ahly (EGY) claimed a fifth win against Atletico (CPV) 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-11) in Pool B. They lead their pool after five matches, and are yet to drop a set.
Also in Pool B, Espoir (COD) confirmed a quarterfinal ticket after they beat TGOM (GAB) 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-19) to improve to a 4-1 win-loss record. Wolaitta (ETH) recorded their first win against Douanes (BUR) 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13) but remain at the bottom of the pool. TGOM finish third, Atletico fourth and Douanes fifth.
In Pool C, Geish (EGY) fought aggressively for 110 minutes to overcome Setif (ALG) 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22) and lead the pool with a 5-0 record. Esperance (TUN) claimed the second quarterfinal ticket from the pool after they were victorious against CSVB (CMR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22) to improve to a 4-1 win-loss record.
Smouha (EGY) maintained their victorious rhythm as they upset Nahda (SUD) 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-15) in Pool D, leaving their opponents winless. Smouha improved to 5-0 and Nahda ended on a 0-5 record.
Against expectations, FAP (CMR) cruised past Ahly Beni Ghazi (LBA) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-21) in a decisive encounter determining the second qualifier with Smouha in Pool D. Nemostars (UGA) surprised Fanar (ALG) 3-2 (23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-6) in one of the day's most thrilling matches.
Day 5 results
Swehly (LBA) v DGSP (CGO) 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-9)
Gendarmerie (MAD) v Hamad (SUD) 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-10)
Zamalek (EGY) v Police (SEN) 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-15)
Espoir (COD) v TGOM (GAB) 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-19)
Wolaitta (ETH) v Douanes (BUR) 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 19-25, 15-13)
Ahly (EGY) v Atletico (CPV) 3-0 (25-9, 25-19, 25-11)
GSU (KEN) v Auto (MOZ) Auto disqualified
Esperance (TUN) v CSVB (CMR) 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22)
Geish (EGY) v Setif (ALG) 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-22)
NEMO (UGA) v Fanar (ALG) 3-2 (23-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-21, 15-6)
Smouha (EGY) v Nahda (SUD) 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-15)
FAP (CMR) v Ahly B (LBA) 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-21)
March 26 - Rest day
March 29 match schedule:
14:00 Swehly (LBA) v FAP (CMR)
16:00 El Geish (EGY) v Espoir (COD)
18:00 Ahly (EGY) v Esperance (TUN)
20:00 Smouha (EGY) v Zamalek (EGY)
10:00 Gendermerie (MAD) v Fanar (ALG)
12:00 Ahly Beni Ghazi (LBA) v Daim Hamad (SUD)
17:00 TGOM (GAB) v CSVB (CMR)
19:00 ESS (ALG) v Atletico (CPV)
11:00 DGSP (CGO) v Nahda (SUD)
13:00 Nemostars (UGA) v Police (SEN)
Bye Douanes (BUR) v Auto (Disqualified)
15:00 GSU (KEN) v Woliatta (ETH)
Swehly's opposite attacker Jean Ndaki speaks after his team's victory over Zamalek
Nemostars (Uganda) against Fanar (Algeria) in Pool D of Men's African Club Championship
FAP (Cameroon) against Ahly Beni ghazi (Libya) at Men's African Club Championship
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