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Volleyball: Lionnes’ Roar Humbles Harambe Stars

The Lioness powered their way to the throne at the expense of Serial winners Kenya (CRTV Image)

The Cameroon Women’s Volleyball team has been crowned champions of the 2017 edition of the African Women Volleyball championship.

The Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon trounced heavy weight, Kenya 3-0 last October 14 to seal their first ever African title in the competition.

After succeeding to snatch two sets, the third and the last set was a veritable test for Coach Rene Akono’s girls as the atmosphere became electric with nerves breaking on both sides.

However, the composed and dynamic Cameroon side kept calm and won two precious points to dethrone the Harambe Stars of Kenya , nine times champions of Africa, and back-to-back winners since 2011.

Speaking to reporters after the match, the captain of the Cameroon team, Christelle Nana said it wasn’t easy at the beginning of the competition but after the semi-final, it became possible to win the trophy.

“Frankly speaking, I do not have words to express how we feel this evening. Because we were home, we had set a goal even though it has not been easy since the start of the competition. After the semi-finals, we knew it was possible. It is a first consecration for our generation. It's just fun,” Christelle Nana admitted.

The two finalists, Cameroon and Kenya will represent Africa at the 2018 World Volley Championship in Japan.

Meanwhile, Egypt finished third on the podium after defeating Senegal in the play-off match. Algeria finished on spot number 5 in front of Tunisia at the 6th position. Nigeria came at the 7th position while Botswana occupied the 8th position. DR Congo ended the competition at the bottom of the ranking.

Three Cameroonian players, Moma Bassoko were crowned as the most valuable player of the competition, Raïsa Nasser, best libero and Nadege Koulla best setter. The best saver of the competition was Aya El Shami of Egypt, best reception went to Fatou Diouck of Senegal while Mercy Moim and Rose Wisa of Kenya were crowned as best attackers and best blocker respectively. The championship was hosted by Cameroon.

 

BY ETIENNE MAINIMO MENGNJO in Yaounde

 

Source: Bamenda Online

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