Cairo, Egypt, April 4, 2015 – Defending champions GSP of Algeria finished fifth in this year’s Women’s African Club Championship on Saturday after beating Revenue Authority of Rwanda 3-1 (19-25, 25-19, 25-6, 25-22).
The classification matches for the fifth to 12th placings were completed Saturday at 6 October Hall in Cairo.
Kenya Pipeline will face Egypt's Ahly in the final of the competition on Sunday. The final will be preceded by the bronze-medal match between Tunisia's Carthage and Egypt's Shams.
ARSU of Seychelles overcame Injis of Cameroon 3-0 (25-22, 25-21, 25-22) to finalise the ninth and 10th positions, while KCB of Kenya trounced Kutlwano of Botswana 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-20) to claim 11th place. Saltigue of Senegal finished 13th to complete the lower positions.
GSP rebounded after dropping the first set to overcome their Rwandan opponents 3-1 in 101 minutes. The Rwandan team surprised the Algerians with disciplined play and showed good attacking power to win the first set 25-19 before the Algerian team returned to their strategy of using the outside hitters to win the next three sets. Outside hitter Zohra Bensalem led the Algerian scorers with 16 points, while Rwandan Serphine Mukantambara led her team with the same number of points.
Uganda's Vision fought for 122 minutes to beat FAP of Cameroon 3-1, the best finish for a Ugandan team in the history of the competition. The previous best was eighth by Ndeji University in the 2013 edition. Zaina Kagoya led the Ugandan scorers with 18 points followed by Peace Busingye’s 16 points. FAP's outside hitter Jaquline Ntozi contributed 21 points as the best scorer in the match.
ARSU of the Seychelles ended their campaign on a high note, surprising the more experienced Injis of Cameroon 3-0. As usual, strong outside hitter Marielle Bonne led the Seychelles team's scorers with 16 points followed by Gerina Bonne’s 13. Honorine Djakao led Injis' with eight points.
11th place playoff
KCB of Kenya played their best match in the competition to defeat Kutlwano of Botswana 3-0 in a tie lasting 74 minutes. KCB ended the competition in 11th position, which is their worst finish in the competition. Naomi Too led KCB’s scorers with 15 points followed by Edinah Rotich with 12 points, while Karabo Molefha led the losers with nine points.
Carthage (Tunisia) v Shams (Egypt)
Ahly (Egypt) v Pipeline (Kenya)
Final Rankings (5-12)
5. GSP (Algeria)
6. RRA. (Rwanda)
7. Vision (Uganda)
8. FAP (Cameroon)
9. ARSU (Seychelles)
10. Injis (Cameroon)
11. KCB (Kenya)
12. Kutlwano (Botswana)
13. Saltigue (Senegal)