June 13, 2024

Pipeline beat Hosts CFC to qualify for Africa finals

Pipeline beat Hosts CFC to qualify for Africa finals
Kenya Pipeline players celebrate their win against Carthage of Tunisia

The finals will be a great opportunity for Pipeline’s search for crown number 7 and a return to the continental top ranks after 18 years since winning their last crown in 2005 when they beat Al Ahly.

Kenyan volleyball Champions Kenya Pipeline on Saturday evening came from a set down to beat their Tunisian hosts CFC Carthage 3-2 in a tense five set semi-final match at the ongoing  Africa women volleyball Club Championships in Tunisia.

The finals will be a great opportunity for Pipeline’s search for crown number 7 and a return to the continental top ranks after 18 years since winning their last crown in 2005 when they beat Al Ahly.

After losing the first set 25-18, The Kenyan champions had a different script in the second set pushing the hosts to a 25-27 recovery win followed by a 2-1 lead on 23-25 third set victory.

CFC drew level in the 4th set as they managed to secure a 25-23 win to push the match to a 5th decider where Pipeline led from first serve tormenting their opponents with their signature hard-hitting antics to win 09-15.

In the quarter finals, Pipeline beat Egypt's Sporting Club 3-1( 25-19, 25-27, 25-12)  to become the only non Arab team in the semi-finals.

 


Pipeline will now face Zamalek in the finals in an expected thrilling clash after the Egyptians also sailed through to the finals with a 3-1 win over Algerian side in sets of 25–18, 23–25, 25–17, 25–18

Defending Champions KCB lost their quarter finals match on Friday  after falling to Mouloudia Club d'Alger (MCA) of Algeria in a five-set thriller and will be left to play for the 5th place finish at the competition.