Featured Image – Action between Uganda and Kenya on day one. Courtesy photo
Day One (Monday)
*Kenya 3-2 Uganda
(22-25, 25-21, 25-21, 15-12)
*Egypt 3-1 Rwanda
(25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-16)
Day Two (Tuesday)
*Egypt 3-1 Uganda
(25-17, 15-25, 25-14, 25-20)
*Kenya 0-3 Rwanda
(26-24, 25-23, 26-24)
Day Three (Wednesday)
*Uganda Vs Rwanda
*Egypt Vs Kenya
Poverty stricken Uganda’s senior Men Volleyball team, the Volleyball Cranes, suffered their second loss at the ongoing Zone Five All Africa Games qualifiers held in Kenya.
After losing 3-2 to Kenya on Monday, Uganda failed to fight back before succumbing to a superior Egyptian team in game played at the Kasarani Gymnasium.
The team under the tutelage of coach Nason Bwesigye and Andrew Okapis, lost 3-1 (25-17, 15-25, 25-14, 25-20).
Uganda won the second set 25-15 to tie the game 1-1 but the Egyptians reorganized to win the third set 25-14 before sealing the deserved victory with a 25-20 win despite Uganda leading 8-4 at some stage in the last set.
The defeat ended Uganda’s chances to qualify at the All Africa games.
The ongoing tourney in Kenya features only four teams – Kenya, Uganda, Egypt and Rwanda. Three countries, Tanzania, Sudan and Ethiopia pulled out. TZ cited financial constraints.
It should be noted that all the winners of the five Zones across the continent earn a ticket to the final event at the 12th Africa Games to be held from August 19-22 in Rabat, Morocco.
Also, CAVB will select two highest ranked teams to join the eight-team final.