Tunisia’s Carthage knock out Prisons from CAVB title race


Kenya Prisons. (PHOTO/CAVB)
Kenya Prisons. (PHOTO/CAVB)

In Summary

  • Kenya Prisons hunt for their sixth title in the ongoing Women Africa Club Championship came to a halt on Tuesday.
  • Prisons fell to champions Carthage of Tunisia, in a 3-1 sets defeat in Cairo, Egypt.
  • Carthage overpowered the Kenyan queens by sets of 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 to end their campaign in the competition at semis, despite fighting frantically to win the second set.  

Kenya Prisons hunt for their sixth title in the ongoing Women Africa Club Championship came to a halt on Tuesday evening after falling to champions Carthage of Tunisia, in a 3-1 sets defeat in Cairo, Egypt.

Carthage overpowered the Kenyan queens by sets 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21 to crash out of the competition at semi-finals, despite fighting frantically to win the second set.

The champions started the first set on a high note winning comfortably 25-15 before the five-time champions staged a comeback in the second set winning 25-22 to make it 1-1.

In the third set Prisons head coach David Lungáho brought on experienced Shyrine Jepkemboi for Kwanthanze Secondary School alumnus Loraine Chebet, seeking to change tact for the strong North Africans but the last year’s bronze medalists went ahead to lose 25-23.

Trailing 2-1 Lungáho opted for another change bringing in new signing Sharon Chepchumba for Everlyne Makuto but the change was not effective for the Wardresses as they lost 25-21 to the experienced Tunisians.

The loss means Prisons will have to wait for yet another year to start thinking of winning their first continental trophy since 2013 when they lifted their last one in Madagascar.

Last year the Lungáho led side crashed out in the same stage in Tunisia winning the bronze medal after edging Al Ahly of Egypt in the third position tie.

On Thursday, Carthage will face the winner between hosts Ahly and Kenya Pipeline who will play later on Tuesday in the other semifinals.

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