Volleyball AFCON: Kenya's Malkia's Strike Defending Champions

Volleyball AFCON: Kenya's Malkia's Strike Defending Champions

The defending champions who beat Kenya to the title in Yaounde in 2017 raced to a two-set lead before Malkia staged a technical coup to win the next two and force the game to a tie breaker, which they also won.

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Malkia Strikers staged a sensational comeback, coming from two sets down to beat defending Champions Cameroon 3-2 on Thursday night and finish top of Group B at the African Women Volleyball Nations Championship in Cairo, Egypt.

The defending champions who beat Kenya to the title in Yaounde in 2017 raced to a two-set lead before Malkia staged a technical coup to win the next two and force the game to a tie breaker, which they also won.

With the result, Kenya avoids facing Egypt in the semi finals on Saturday and will now face off with Senegal who finished second in Pool B. The defending champions will face the hosts in the second semi-final of the evening.

“I am happy we won, it was a tough game. We started slow and were not fully in the game but we made some changes and key players changed the game for us. We explored their weaknesses and I am happy we did our part. We can use this momentum as energy for the next game,” head coach Shaileen Ramdoo said.

Cameroon won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-16 in 25 and 23 minutes respectively before the Kenyans raced back to contention winning 27-25 and 30-28 to level the scores.

They went on to ride on the momentum and won the tie breaker 15-10.

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