The 2011 World Clubs Championships

  • VakifGunesTTelekom Istanbul's victory in the 2011 CEV Champions League is the first for any Turkish club and with the win they booked the first spot at the 2011 FIVB Women's Club World Championship

    Istanbul, Turkey, March 21, 2011 - VakifGunesTTelekom Istanbul completed a memorable weekend on Sunday as they saw off Azerbaijan’s Rabita Baku in straight sets (25-13, 25-20, 25-18 ) to claim their first ever CEV Women’s Champions League crown in front of their home fans as well as a spot at the 2011 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship later this year.

    The win sees them become the first club from Turkey to complete the feat as Poland’s Malgorzata Glinka-Mogentale was instrumental for the victors and took home the MVP prize on her first year back to the sport. The 32-year old had stepped back from volleyball for two years to spend time with her family but returned for the 2010/11 season and concluded it with her first ever medal in this year’s competiton.

    Fellow Turkish club and 2010 FIVB Club World champions Fenerbahce secured bronze with a 3-1 (12-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-21) win over compatriot club Scavolini Pesaro Istanbul in the run up to the main event.

    In what turned into a one-sided game Giovanni Guidetti’s side displayed a performance that was absolutely outstanding and left little for Rabita Baku to cling on to as the women from Istanbul made their mark on the match from the start.

    VakifGunesTTelekom Istanbul will now go on to represent Europe at the 2011 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. It will be just the second time a Turkish club will be represented at the tournament with Fenerbahce’s gold-medal winning performance over Brazil’s Sollys Osasco last year in Doha, Qatar the only other occasion the country has been to the tournament.

  • The African Volleyball Confederation (CAVB) confirmed the dates of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship to be held in Kenya as the competition will be held at Moi International Sports Complex in Kasarani 30 March to 10 April 2011.

    The competition that attracted 16 teams from all over the continent in the last two editions in 2009 and 2010 is considered one of the most important African competitions this year as it will be qualifying for the FIVB Club World Championship to be hosted in Qatar later this year.

    Among the famous teams expected to compete for the title the three Kenya teams Prisons, Kenya Pipelines and KC Bank which were the final three teams on the podium of the last edition in Mauritius 2010.

  • Pool Composition

    Pool A:

    Pipeline (Kenya)
    Ahly (Egypt)
    Les As (Burundi)

    Pool B:

    Prisons (Kenya)
    Jos South (Nigeria)
    Kutlwano (Botswana)
    Jeshi Stars (Tanzania)

    Pool C:

    KCB (Kenya)
    Naceria (Algeria)
    Water Sport (Ethiopia)
    Injs (Cameroon)

    Pool D:

    Bejaia (Algeria)
    ST Denis (Reunion)
    Revenue Authority (Rwanda)
    Efolan (Cameroon)

  • Surprises title the opening day with Kenya Commercial Bank and Naceria defeats

    Nairobi, Kenya, April 1, 2011- the opening day of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship was full of thrills and surprises that made the spectators in both competition halls at Nazarene University and Broke School on their toes all through the long day that featured 7 matches in the four preliminary round pools on Friday.
    The biggest surprise was the stunning victory of the emerging Water Sports team from Ethiopia over the experienced Naceria team from Algeria in a fantastic five set match in pool C as well as the defeat of the last competition bronze medalists KC Bank of Kenya against the surprising Injs team of Cameroon. It was a disappointing day for the Algerian volleyball as Bejaia also lost to ST Denis of Reunion.
    Otherwise all the favorite teams including the defending champions Prisons of Kenya, the runner up Pipeline and Kutlwano of Botswana.

    Pool A
    The organizers Kenya Pipeline swept the new comers Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-9) in the shortest match of the day. The lst competition runner up used the artistry of their stars Chemutai and Christine to make the difference that led to the easiest match of the day.
    Ahly of Egypt that play in the same pool was in rest on Friday.

    Pool B
    The defending champions Kenya Prisons overcame the sluggish start to defeat the emerging Jos South of Nigeria 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-12, 25-16) in 84 minutes. The Nigerian team started the match very competitive and used their good reception to build up the attacks against the more experienced player of prisons until they draw 1-1 in sets. The prisons’ setter Jane Wacu controlled her team combinations that couldn’t be tolerated by the Nigerians and thus they succeeded through the spikes of the opposite Lydia Maiyo to win two successive sets that secured the 3-1 victory.
    The more experienced Kutlwano team from Botswana cruised past Jeshi Stars of Tanzania 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-14) in 55 minutes. The Botswana team overwhelmed the situation through their better attacks through the centers and they succeeded also to deploy their block against the Tanzanian attacks.

    Pool C
    The Ethiopian team Water Sports achieved the opening greatest surprise when they eased past the Algerian giants Naceria of Algeria 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-11, 15-7) in more than two hours of exciting show. The Ethiopian emerging players succeeded to rebound twice after Naceria led 1-0 and 2-1 to draw 2-2. Water Sports dominate the match completely through their efficient service and the good back line defense to lead 8-0 at the court turn before they proceeded to win the set 15-7.
    Injs of Cameroon flew past KCB of Kenya 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16) in a surprising showpiece in the Broke School Hall. Cameroon team was better in reception and blocking to clinch the valuable victory.

    Pool D
    Revenue Authority Club from Rwanda hammered the new comers Efoulan from Cameroon 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-20, 15-12) in 128 minutes that showed high motivations form the Rwandan players. They were more enthusiastic to win the after they rebounded twice from one set behind.
    ST Denis of Reunion completed the day surprises when they pull off a respectable victory over the experienced Bejaia of Algeria 3-1 (28-26, 13-25, 25-20, 25-20) in 106 minutes in their first appearance in the big event.

  • Pipeline secured a ticket to the second round and 7 tickets pending for Sunday matches

    Nairobi, Kenya, April 2, 2011- the surprises and thrills continued on the second day of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship as only one team out 15 participants secured the quarterfinal ticket that was the host team Pipeline who hammered the highly favorite Ahly of Egypt while the other 7 slots will be determined in the third and last day of the preliminary round on Sunday. The highly exciting day showed the four teams of Pool D all level with three points each from a vctory and defeat making it a group to watch in the third day here at Nazarene University and Broke School halls that host the competition in Nairobi, Kenya.

    Pool A
    The host team Pipeline of Kenya overcame all the obstacles in their match against the highly favorite Ahly of Egypt to win what is described as the early final of the competition 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21). The most difficult situation was when their main setter Rhoda Lyali had a fracture in her forearm while she was trying to save a ball under the net in the third set when they were leading 2-0. The injury costed the Kenyans to lose the third set when Ahly players returned back to their concentration. The coach Japheth Munala replaced the injured setter by the younger Rose Magoi who performed well and led her team to decrease the point deficit in the middle of the fourth set towards the most important victory.
    Pipeline become the first club between the 15 participating teams to secure a ticket to the quarterfinal after they finished the first round in the 3 club pool with a 2-0 record ahead of Ahly that dropped to 0-1. The last match of the pool Between Ahly and Les As of Burundi on Sunday will determine the second qualifier from the pool to the quarters.

    Pool B
    Prisons of Kenya becomes near a quarterfinal spot when they clinched their competition second victory over Jeshi Stars of Tanzania 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-9) in the shortest competition match lasting only 48 minutes. Prisons improved their win- loss to 2-0, while Jeshi stars dropped to 0-2. Prisons team overwhelmed all the attacks and blocks by the net using their big experience that allowed them to win comfortably.
    Jos South of Nigeria came form one set behind to ease past the struggling Kutlwano of Botswana 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22) in 93 minutes. Jos South improved their record to 1-1 while Kutlwano dropped to the same ratio.
    Botswana started the match aggressively to win the first set due to their disciplined back line defense that allowed them win the first set. Thereafter the Nigerian team arranged their combinations that allowed them to control the match and win three successive sets.

    Pool C
    KC Bank of Kenya fought well for 93 minutes to flow past Naceria of Algeria 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-17, 25-15) in their second match. The Kenyan team improved their record to 1-1, while Naceria dropped to 0-2. Although Naceria played better than their first match they couldn’t penetrate the Kenyan block led by the experienced National team player Jackline Barasa.
    INJS of Cameroon continued their winning rhythm and pulled off a straight sets victory (25-23, 25-19, 25-23) over Water Sport of Ethiopia in 82 points. The victory improved Injs record to 2-0 to lead the pool while Water Sport dropped to 1-1. Injs was the better side through the match as their players were more powerful in attacks.

    Pool D
    Bejaia of Algeria overcame the sluggish start of the competition when they lost in opening day as they secured the first victory over Revenue Authority of Rwanda 3-1 (26-24, 21-25, 25-18, 25-9) in 105 minutes. The victory improved the Algerian team record to 1-1, while the Rwandan team dropped to 1-1.
    Bejaia players got ride of all the mistakes they did in their first match and succeeded to win the first set narrowly before they had a great motivation to continue wining the third and fourth sets after the draw 1-1.
    Efoulan of Cameroon fought for 110 minutes to clinch a difficult victory over ST Denis of Reunion in the day’s only tiebreaker 3-2 (25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-9). The victory raise the points of each team to three where the point ratio settled the pool top to Bejaia ahead of Efoulan, then Revenue Authority and finally St Denis at the bottom of the pool.

  • Quarterfinal Program 5 April

    1-8 positions

    1st A Pipeline (KEN) x 2nd D Revenue Auth (RWA)
    1st D Bejaia (ALG) x 2nd A Ahly (EGY)
    1st B Prisons (KEN) 2nd C Water Sport (ETH)
    1st C Injs (CMR) x 2nd B Jos South (NGR)

    9-16 positions

    3rd A LES AS (BUR) x 4th D ST Denis (REU)
    3rd D Efoulan (CMR) x 4thA (Bye)
    3rd B Kutlwano (BOT) x 4th C Naceria (ALG)
    3rd C KCB (KEN) x 4th B Jeshi Stars (TAN) KCB (KEN)

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  • Two Kenyan teams through to quarterfinal

    Nairobi, Kenya, April 3, 2011- Seven teams booked their tickets to the quarterfinal of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship to join the already qualified Pipelines of Kenya to the second round of the tournament held here at Nazarene University and Broke School halls in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of the preliminary round on Sunday.
    Pipeline (KEN), Ahly (EGY) from pool A, Prisons (KEN), Jos South (NGR) from Pool B, Injs (CMR), Water Sport (ETH), from Pool C, Bejaia (ALG) and Revenue Authority (RWA) from pool D booked their berths to the quarterfinal.
    Les As (BUR), Kutlwano (BOT), Jeshi Stars (TAN), KCB (KEN) Water Sport (ETH), Naceria (ALG), Efoulan (CMR) and ST Denis (REU) play for the 9-15 brackets.
    After a rest on Monday the competition will be resumed by the quarterfinal matches on Tuesday.

    Pool A
    Ahly of Egypt rebounded back after they lost their first match against Pipeline of Kenya and succeeded to overpower Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-5, 25-9, 25-7) in 52 minutes. The victory secured a second round ticket for the Egyptian team who has five titles under their built as they finished second in the 3 club pool with a win- loss ratio 1-1 behind the leaders of the pool Pipeline of Kenya who finished their pool matches yesterday.
    Ahly used the experience of their players specially the wing spiker Sherihan Sameh and the center Hager Badr to overcome their opponent with the competition widest score.

    Pool B
    The defending champions Prisons of Kenya continued their clean sheet in Pool B after they crushed Kutlwano of Botswana 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-18 ) in 59 minutes. The victory put Prisons at the top of pool B with the full record 3-0 while Kutlwano (1-2) finished at the third position.
    The winner’s setter Jane Wacu led her team with her artistry combinations to win the match easily against a less experienced team.
    Jos South team from Nigeria secured the second ticket of the pool to the quarterfinals after they eased past Jeshi Sport of Tanzania 3-0 (25-10, 25-18, 25-14) in a one side game overwhelmed by the winners.
    Jos South of Nigeria improved their record to 2-1 to finish second, while Jeshi Sport of Tanzania finished at the bottom of the pool (0-3).

    Pool C
    Injs of Cameroon rebounded back from one set behind to sweep Naceria from Algeria in a fantastic five set match 3-2 (27-29, 25-20, 28-26, 14-25, 15-13) that lasted 128 minutes. After the Algerians showed their consistency, they won the first set but T. Michelle led Cameroon team to draw 1-1 and lead narrowly 2-1. The Algerian attacker Lamya Hassassine served well to allow her team to draw 2-2 and extend the match to tiebreak. The tiebreak was very competitive as it went point by point till Injs won narrowly 15-13.
    Injis lead pool C with the perfect record 3-0. Naceria dropped to 0-3 to finish at the bottom of the pool
    The underdogs Water Sports form Ethiopia set ne of the competition biggest surprises when they hammered the last competition bronze medalists 3-1 (11-25, 25-21, 25-20, 25-17) in 94 minutes. The Kenyan team looked searching fr the last quarters slot when they won widely the first set, but the Ethiopian girls had another reply when they won three successive sets in style. They finished second (2-1) while KCB ended third to be eliminated fr the first time since 6 years.
    The victory in this decisive match secured a ticket for the Ethiopian team to reach the final eight for the first time in the history of volleyball of the eastern African country.

    Pool D
    Bejaia of Algeria played their utmost performance to sweep Efoulan of Cameroon 3-1 (27-25, 29-27, 15-25, 25-18 ) in 111 minutes of emotions. Bejaia improved their record to 2-1 to lead the pool with the point ratio ahead of the Rwandan team revenue Authority.
    The national team star Mouni Abdel Azim led her team to go 2-0 ahead before the Cameroonian team emerged in the third set with their wing spiker Rose Rebecca to decrease the deficit to 2-1. Bejaia dominated again to win the third set and the match 3-1.
    In a match lasting for 129 minutes Revenue Authority of Rwanda overcame the solid ST Denis team of Reunion 3-2 (25-22, 25-19, 19-25, 23-25, 15-4). It was really an interesting match that was fluctuating here and there specially when the Rwandan team led 2-0 after full dominance of the match. The Reunion team struggled through their powerful service to win two successive sets that extended the match to tiebreak. The fifth set showed again full dominance for the Rwandan team who succeeded to win the set 15-4 and the match 3-2

  • Quarterfinal

    Favorites remain on course and advance to the semifinals

    Nairobi, Kenya, April 5, 2011- The traditional forces remain in course at the 2011 Women’s Club Championship as the two Kenyan giants the defending champions Prisons and the record holders Pipelines as well as the Ahly (EGY) and Injs (CMR) found their way towards the semifinal of the competition. The two times African champions Prisons cruised past the dark horses Water Sports 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17), while the 7 times record holders Pipeline defeated Authority of Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15). Ahly who has 6 titles under their built over powered Bejaia of Algeria 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25) and the emerging Injs of Cameroon took over the highly motivated Jos South of Nigeria 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18] at Nazanrene University hall in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday.

    At Brook School hall ST Denis (REU), Naceria (ALG) and KCB (KEN) won their matches in the play off matches of the 9 to 16 positions.

    The competition features exciting clashes on Wednesday when Ahly meets Prisons and Pipeline plays Injs in the semifinals at Nazarene.

    Quarterfinal 1-8 positions

    The organizers Pipeline of Kenya hammered Revenue Authority of Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) in 67 minutes after a fantastic performance from the team stars specially the left attacker Asha Makuto and the opposite Lucy Chege. The winners led the match by their fast rhythm using also the centers Emily Chemutai and Christine Siwa and the strong attacks from the wings specially Makuto.

    Pipeline qualified to the semifinal for the ninth time in a raw, while R Authority plays for the 5-8 standings.

    The defending champions Prisons from Kenya remain on course to continue their way towards the third African title as they took over the dark horses of the competition Water Sports of Ethiopia 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17) in 59 minutes. Prisons qualified to the semis for the third time in their short history while Water Sport plays to improve their best ever ranking when they finished seventh two years ago.

    The winners used the artistry of their setter Jane Wacu and the impermeable block to stop the strong attackers of the Ethiopian team. Although water Sports improved their block and backline defense relatively in the third set they couldn’t stop the strong Prisons attacks and this gave the Kenyan team the privilege to win the match in straight sets.

    Ahly of Egypt showed their consistency to sweep Bejaia of Algeria 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25) in 62 minutes. The Egyptian team went through to the semifinal to play for the final 4 while Bejaia plays for the 5-8 play off. The match started with a much disciplined line up that succeeded to dominate the net action through the centers Hagar Badr and Mona Badawy to win the first set widely 25-12. The second set showed more improvement in the reception and backline defense that allowed them to win the set easily to widen the score to 2-0. The Algerian setter Silia Magnana led her team to a good come back during the third set as she led the team to advance most of the set till 19-17 when Ahly players returned back through the sisters Sherihan and Nahla Abdel Kader in the wings of the attack to clinch the most difficult set 27-15.

    Injs of Cameroon overcame the disturbed start to fly past the highly motivated Jos South of Nigeria 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18] in 102 minutes. Injs qualified to the semifinal while Jos South plays for the 5-8 brackets.

    The Nigerian team started the match highly concentrating and they led frequently through the performance of their star P Mercy until the Cameroonian team returned back aggressively through the skillful setting of the setter Jurette Gamkoua and the powerful hits of Carn Michele to win the set in a fantastic way. The second set showed more improvement in Injs attacking power that allowed them to win easier the second set. The Nigerian team emerged again with their spike service and the better block to win the third set before the Injs returned back to their performance and used the mistakes of the Nigerians in reception towards 3-1 victory.

    Play off 9-16

    Naceria of Algeria fought well for 86 minutes to take over the solid Kutlwano team from Botswana 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18]. The key factor of the victory was the effort of the Algerian attacks who overwhelmed the net action and controlled the Botswana tall players. The victory led Naceria team to play for the 9-12, but Kutlwano for the 13-15 standings.

    KC Bank of Kenya played their best in the competition to overcome Jeshi Stars of Tanzania 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21) in 57 minutes. Although the Kenyan team played without motivation after they missed the quarterfinal for the first time in 7 years, their stars specially Efumbi and Makokah led their team to end the job quickly to play for the 9 to 12 positions. The Tanzanian team plays for 13 to 15 positions.

    St Denis of Reunion found it easy to sweep Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-11) in 52 minutes. The good service from the winners ended the job as fast as they could because it wasn’t tolerated by the losers.

    St Denis plays for the 9-12 standings and Les As for the 13-15.

    Quarterfinal Results

    1-8 positions

    Pipeline (KEN) x 2nd D Revenue Auth (RWA) 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-15)

    Ahly (EGY) x Bejaia (ALG) 3-0 (25-12, 25-14, 27-25)

    Prisons (KEN) x Water Sport (ETH) 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-17)

    Injs (CMR) x Jos South (NGR) 3-1 (25-22, 25-18, 21-25, 25-18]

    9-16 positions

    ST Denis (REU) x LES AS (BUR) 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-11)

    Efoulan (CMR) x 4thA (Bye) Efoulan Qualified

    Naceria (ALG) x Kutlwano (BOT) 3-1 (25-18, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18]

    KCB (KEN) x Jeshi Stars (TAN) 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21)

    Semifinal Program

    Semifinal 1-4 positions

    Pipeline (KEN) x Injs (CMR)

    Ahly (EGY) x Prisons (KEN)

    Play off 5-8

    Revenue Auth (RWA) vs. Jos South (NGR)

    Bejaia (ALG) x Water Sport (ETH)

    9-12 play off

    ST Denis (REU) x KCB (KEN)

    Efoulan (CMR) x Naceria (ALG)

    13-16 play off

    LES AS (BUR) x Jeshi Stars (TAN)

    Kutlwano (BOT) x Bye

  • Kenyan Prisons and Pipelines through to final spot

    Nairobi, Kenya, April 6, 2011- Two Kenyan, the defending champions Prisons and the record holders Pipeline qualified to the final spot of the 2011 Women’s African Club Championship to repeat the final of the 2010 edition in Mauritius following their thrilling victories over the Egyptian and Cameroonian giants Ahly and Injs in the semifinal matches held here at African Nazarene Hall on Wednesday.

    The two Kenyan arch rivals meet in the final of the competition on Saturday while Ahly meets Injs for the bronze medal.

    Prisons of Kenya proved their consistency and trounced Ahly of Egypt 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21) in 98 minutes of exciting volleyball action. Pipeline blocked Injs key stars towards a straight sets (25-23, 25-22, 25-18] victory in the other semifinal.

    The record holders Pipeline seeks eighth title while the recently coming Prisons search for the third cup in 4 years.

    The competition acts as a qualifier for the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship to be hosted in Qatar later this year.

    The competition black horses Water Sports of Ethiopia reached their best ever finish when they outclassed the more experienced Bejaia team of Algeria to play for the 5th and 6th positions; their best ever after the 2009 seventh position.

    Semifinal 1-4

    Pipeline of Kenya used all the power including the big support of their spectators to cruise past the solid Injs team from Cameroon 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-18] in 74 minutes.

    Pipeline qualified for the final for the second year in a row while Injs plays for the Bronze medal.

    The match started very exciting with both teams knowing everything about the other and controlling the key players. Pipeline aided by the home crowd led continuously through the strong hits of the wing spiker Asha Makuto until the first technical timeout. Injs blocked well through the experienced Ahone Ngome to draw 16-16 before the Kenyan spiker Esther Wangechi finalized the competitive situation with the set points 25-23.

    Pipeline players became highly motivated to continue the same rhythm in the second set as the coach Munala Japheth fielded the experienced wing spiker Catherine Wanjiru. The young setter Rose Magoi led the team with her combinations to 18-12 gap before the Cameroonian team emerged to win some key points that decreased the point deficit gradually till Pipeline won the set 25-22. The third set showed frequent reception and digging mistakes for Injs that facilitates the way for the Kenyans to go through comfortably making a wide point gap 16-9 and 22-15 until they won the set 25-18.

    The defending champions Prisons of Kenya outclassed Ahly of Egypt 3-1 (25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 25-21) in a thrilling semifinal lasting 98 minutes. Prisons qualified to the final for the second time in a row, while Ahly play for the bronze medal.

    Prisons started the match using their strong wing spikers specially Lydia Maiyo and Mercy Moim to lead 8-6 at the FTT. Ahly rebounded through deploying the solid block of Hagar Badr and Ingi El Shami to decrease the point deficit and enter the match action. After the STT, Prisons regained the dominance through the skilful combinations led by the setter Jane Wacu to win the set 25-20.

    The second set showed early Ahly dominance through their quick attacks by the centers Hagar Badr and Mona Badawy to lead 8-5 at the FTT. Prisons improved their defense to come over through the spikes of Maiyo and Joan Kibor to decrease the point difference to 13-11 before Ahly scored 3 successive points to reach to 16-11 at the STT. Ahly continued their superior performance to win the set 25-14.

    Prisons returned back to their rhythm to win the third set 25-20 after they overwhelmed the net action in blocking and spiking through Maiyo and Diana Khisa. Ahly started the fourth set eager to save the match and they had early lead through the powerful hits of Nahla Sameh and Ingy but quickly the setter Wacu played fantastic role to lead her team to win the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.

    Play off 5-8

    The emerging Jos South team of Nigeria had to work hard for 96 minutes to overcome the resistant team of Revenue Authority from Rwanda 3-1 (27-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-19). The better reception and blocking was the key factor of success of the Nigerian team as they worked well in both items to prevent the Rwandan team from using their potent attacking power. After a thriller first set that won by Jos narrowly the Rwandan team had a rapid come back to draw 1-1 before the Nigerians had a narrow lead again in the third set. The experience and the effective block made it easy for Jos to win the easiest fourth set.

    Jos South plays for the 5 and 6 positions while R Authority competes for the 7 and 8.

    The competition dark horse Water Sports from Ethiopia continued their surprises and came from one set behind to clinch 3-1 victory (17-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-14) over Bejaia in 85 minutes. Water Sports plays for the 5th and 6th positions which is the best in their history after the 7th position in 2009, and Bejaia plays for the 7 and 8 standings.

    Bejaia started the match in a very good performance that allowed them to win the first set comfortably but the Ethiopian team returned back rapidly and arranged their combination to win three successive sets through the efficient spikers T Yopil and Rahel.

    Play off 9-12

    St Denis club of Reunion continued their steady performance to over power KC Bank of Kenya in straight sets 25-20, 25-21, 26-24 in 77 minutes

    The Reunion team plays for the 9 and 10 positions in their first ever African participation while KCB plays for the 11 and 12 standings which is the worst in their history.

    Efoulan of Cameroon played their best match in their first ever appearance in the African showpiece and hammered the more experienced Naceria team of Algeria 3-0 (25-22, 25-18, 25-23). Efoulan controlled the match through their disciplined backline defense and block and thus they didn’t allow the Algerians to use their tall players by the net.

    Play off 13-16

    Jeshi Sport of Tanzania secured their competition first win over the winless Les As of Burundi 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-16) in 64 minutes. Les As finished the competition at the 15th and last position while Jeshi Stars play for the 13 and 14 positions.

  • Caguas from Puerto Rico, Unilever from Brazil and ... Fenerbahce (Burak will be happy :D) have got the tickets to the 2011 World Club Championships.

    yeah of course I'm so happy :dance6:

    great news :thumbsup:

    "Lo sbaglio più grande e quello di credere di aver vinto prima ancora di giocare la partita"

  • wow, two turkish teams : vakif and fenerbahce are participating this years ? that is great and i really hope to see evergrande that would be smashing amazing with the brazilian team. a great torunament for sure !!!!! :box:

  • I hope that in situation if Thailand's Federbrau wins the Asian Clubs Championships, will not play in Worlds because it is artificial creation. A Team after Federbrau (Thailand's NT) should play there.