False start for GSU as Prisons edge Ethiopia's Wolaita
Kenyan teams GSU and Kenya Prisons posted mixed results on day one of the 2019 Africa men volleyball Club Championships in Cairo Egypt.
Kenya Prisons players in action against Wolaita of Ethiopia/ Photo courtesy of CAVB
Kenyan sides registered mixed results at the ongoing 38th edition of Men's Africa Volleyball Club Championships on Monday at Ahly Hall in Cairo, Egypt.
Prisons Kenya who finished the national league as runner's last season beat their Ethiopian opponents as national champions General Service Unit lost their opener in a five set thriller.
Prisons beat Ethiopia's Wolaita in straight sets of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-23 to keep their hopes of making it to the quarters and vying for the title alive.
GSU blew their one set lead as they fell to Libyan side Asaria in a five set thriller.
Despite romping to 23-25 first set win , GSU found themselves chasing the game as they allowed the Northerners back with a 25-20 second set triumph.
In what looked like a give and take game pattern, GSU who are coached by Gideon Tarus bagged the third set, bringing down Asaria 17-25. Then the side from Libya leveled set scores again to 2-2 with a closely fought fourth period ending 27-25.
The Kenyan police outfit played catch up to their opponents in the tie breaker as they trailed 8-4 when changing side and went on to go down 15-10 thus losing their opening match 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 17-25, 27-25, 15-10).
Speaking after the win in Cairo, Prison head coach David Lung'aho noted that ," The win for us is a big boost as it gives the players confidence to attack in the next match. It is a difficult tournament but the win has injected the right momentum and we hope to keep pushing in order to achieve our desired goal." Lung'aho noted.
Below is a video of the opening ceremony at the Ahly Hall in Cairo.