Kelibia — Kenya Prisons technical director David Lungaho believes Friday’s match towards Tunisian champions CS Sfaxien will decide their destiny on the African Golf equipment Championships right here in Kelibia, Tunisia.
Each side had straightforward openers on Wednesday with Prisons thrashing Muzinga of Burundi 3-0 whereas Sfaxien made gentle work of Ethiopia’s Wolaita Sodo, beating them in straight units.
Lungaho says Sfaxien might be a greater take a look at for his prices early within the competitors in a troublesome Pool “A” that additionally has one other Tunisian facet KO Kelibia.
“I anticipate a really powerful match as a result of Sfax is a good facet. We do not know a lot about them besides that they’re the Tunisian champions. We’ve not watched them play so we’re going to strategy this match cautiously and ensure we do not make lots of errors,” Lungaho, who’s holding transient for head coach Josp Baraza on this event, informed Nation Sport.
Baraza is with the nationwide girls’s staff in a bubble at Kasarani as they put together for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.
“It is nice that we face such a superb staff early on as a result of they may assist us establish our errors. A win is certainly our goal since it should give us a way of path forward of the semi-finals,” he added.
In the meantime, Kenya Pipeline continued their brilliant begin on the African Golf equipment Championships with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-7) win over Ethiopia’s Nationwide Alcohol at Aissa Ben Nasr Enviornment right here in Kelibia, Tunisia.
Regardless of profitable in straight units, it wasn’t a easy crusing for the Oilers who recovered from a gradual begin particularly within the first set to stamp their authority on this match.
Coach Paul Gitau made good his promise to vary his total first staff as he began with a brand new facet. The skilled duo of Ruth Jepng’etich and Trizah Atuka led the kids out on court docket with setter Esther Mutinda, Magdalyne Chemtai, Metrine Wabwile and Lydia Emokol finishing the primary six. Betty Sifuna began because the libero.
Following the win, Pipeline sit prime of Pool “B” with six factors from two matches.
“It is a new surroundings for the gamers, attempting to grasp the court docket and the opponents. They made a number of errors however they did nicely to regulate. They picked up nicely just like the final the opponent scored solely seven factors,” mentioned Gitau.
“I am nonetheless on the lookout for the very best. On the finish of the week I have to know the very best 9 or 10 who we will maintain interchanging. I imagine all my gamers are good, it is simply that a number of have an higher hand forward of others. That is precisely what I am attempting to notice forward of the large matches,” he added.
Nationwide Alcohol had been first off the blocks taking a shock 8-6 lead on the first technical day out as Pipeline’s struggled to settle. Nonetheless, Alcohol’s bubble was burst by a six-point rally from Emokol whose companies destabilised their play, handing Pipeline a 16-10 lead on the second technical day out. Pipeline sealed the set at 25-15.
Gitau caught with the identical line-up for the second set and this time they’d a greater begin main 8-4 on the first technical timeout earlier than widening the hole to 16-8 on the second technical timeout. A late rally from Alcohol barely troubled Pipeline who received 25-17.
The extra the Pipeline floodgates opened, the extra Alchol grew to become flat and there was barely any resistance as Gitau’s prices accomplished the job comfortably profitable the third set 25-7.
Atuka, probably the greatest center blockers within the nation, was surprisingly fielded as an reverse and Gitau was impressed by her enter.
“I need her to grasp the best way to play two positions. This morning I had a chat together with her in order that she will be able to perceive what I am attempting to do, it is not a shock. If anyone flops within the center she will be able to are available in, if Wangeci (Esther) flops in reverse she will be able to additionally are available in,” defined Gitau.
Pipeline play AS Douanes of Burkina Faso on Friday 6pm EAT whereas Kenya’s different representatives, Prisons, return to court docket to play Tunisian champions CS Sfaxien from 10.30pm.
Friday fixtures (all matches at Aissa Ben Nasr Corridor)
Carthage v Nationwide Alcohol 12pm
ASEC Mimosas v Customs 2pm
Muzinga v Kelibia 4pm
Pipeline v Douanes 6pm
Prisons v CS Sfaxien 10.30pm