Pipeline win playoffs, Prisons in ‘perfect form’ for Carthage
The Kenya Pipeline dusted off their quarter-finals heartbreak at the hands of compatriots Prisons to beat Sfaxien of Tunisia 3-0 (25-11, 25-21, 25-21) in Friday’s playoffs of the 2017 Women’s African Club championship.
The seven-time champions returned to the same turf on which they suffered a 3-2 defeat to their national archrivals – Mzali Hall in Monastir, Tunisia – and made amends with a dominant performance.
Prisons who need more than two hours to outclass Pipeline are set to play hosts Carthage in the semis later on Friday with Head Coach David Lung’aho saying the side is in ‘perfect form’ ahead of the showdown.
“They’re a good team but the morale in our team is now very high and the emphasis is in getting the basics right. Last year we finished seventh so as it stands we’ve already improved. We know the semi is not going to be easy but our focus is very clear; we want to play in the finals.
“This is a hurdle we have to jump and I believe the squad has what it takes. All the players are fit and healthy and we’re getting support from all corners so everything looks perfect,” Lunga’ho told Chamgei FM.
In the other semi, defending champions Ahly play their Egyptian archrivals Shams as they seek to add another continental title to the record eight already under their belt.
-Additional reporting by Carol Kones.
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