Friday,27 April, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1339, (6 - 12 April 2017)
Friday,27 April, 2018
Issue 1339, (6 - 12 April 2017)

Ahram Weekly

Ahly’s one dozen crowns

Ahly’s volleyball team made more history by winning the African Club Championship for the 12th time

Ahly’s volleyball team
Ahly’s volleyball team

The Egyptian giants Ahly claimed the African Club Championship following their victory over Tunisia’s Etoile du Sahel 3-1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18) in the final held at Taraji Hall in Tunis, Tunisia.

It was Etoile who made the better start, winning the first set by taking advantage of the frequent mistakes by the Ahly players. However, Ahly came back with their attack weapons to win three successive sets and win the 12th trophy in their history.

Ahly added their 12th title after 1980, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, six titles more than Tunisia’s Sfax, the second team in number of wins. Etoile remained at two trophies in 2001 and 2002.

After the match CAVB President Amr Elwani honoured the winners with gold medals while the runner ups received the silver. Algeria’s Bourj Bouaririj were rewarded with the bronze medals after they flew past Libya’s Swehly 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-20) at Taraji Hall in the play-off match for third place.

Bourj controlled the match taking advantage of the fatigue of Swehly players who had played a five-set marathon against Etoile the day before. Outside hitter Billal Soualem led Bourj scorers with 22 points while Zohair El Garoui led Swehly with 17 points.

Accordingly, Swehly ended their campaign in fourth place, the same place as in the last edition in Cairo.

Tournament organisers Esperance of Tunisia took fifth place beating Kenya Prisons 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-19). Prisons finished sixth. Their best result was in 2011 when they reached the final.

Although Esperance played without spirit after they lost the chance for the title, they dominated the match throughout the three sets. Coach Nizar Chkili used all his players. Elyes Garfi led the scorers with 10 points while Josephat Kirwa led Prisons with 11 points.

Libya newcomers Assarya took seventh place in their first ever participation at the African Club Championship after they overcame Cameroon’s FAP 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-14). FAP finished in eighth place, the same place they finished in 2016.

The North African Assarya were the better side throughout the match due to better reception and spike services. Archilla Felciano led the scorers with 15 points, while Claude Paggo topped FAP’s point gainers, contributing 11 points.

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