Champions Kenya beat Senegal in Yaoundé

Sunday October 8 2017

Kenyan players celebrate a point against Senegal during their Africa Nations Championship match at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenyan players celebrate a point against Senegal during their Africa Nations Championship match at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |  

By DAVID KWALIMWA
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Kenya's dominance at the women's Volleyball Africa Nations Championship continued on Sunday, with a 3-0 (25-21, 28-26,25-15) triumph over Senegal at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde.

The result marked Malkia Strikers' second victory in as many days at this nine-team tournament, and without dropping a set, in the wake of Saturday's 3-0(25-16,25-8,25-10) sets triumph over Nigeria at the same venue.

Kenya's Janet Wanja (second left) and Brackcides Agala (right) prepare to block a Senegal attack during their Africa Nations Championship match at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenya's Janet Wanja (second left) and Brackcides Agala (right) prepare to block a Senegal attack during their Africa Nations Championship match at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenyan setter Janet Wanja reacts during their Africa Nations Championship match against Senegal at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenyan setter Janet Wanja reacts during their Africa Nations Championship match against Senegal at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Thus, Kenya who are the tournament defending champions and are also seeking an unprecedented tenth continental title in Yaounde, will sail through to the semis with a match to spare, should coach Japheth Munala mastermind a win over Democratic Republic of Congo in their third group B fixture on Monday.

"We have started well which is very important for our confidence," said Munala following the victory over Nigeria.

"So it is important to maintain that tempo even as we look around at how the other teams are playing."

Kenya's last group fixture is against Tunisia on Wednesday.

Kenyan captain Mercy Moim (left) receives the ball as Brackcides Agala looks on during their Africa Nations Championship match against Senegal at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

Kenyan captain Mercy Moim (left) receives the ball as Brackcides Agala looks on during their Africa Nations Championship match against Senegal at the Palais des Sports Indoor Arena in Yaounde on October 8, 2017. PHOTO | CAVB |

In other results, Nigeria, who are making a return to the competition after three years in the cold, lost their second consecutive game 3-1(19-25,25-16,25-10,25-11) to Tunisia.

Meanwhile, Senegal defeated Congo DR 3-1(25-21,21-25,25-21,25-15), whilst hosts Cameroon who are alongside Tunisia considered Kenya's biggest challengers hammered Botswana in straight sets of 25-22,25-11,25-17).

This competition is also doubling up as the qualifier for the FIVB Women's World Championship set for Japan next year and thus despite the continental glory, Kenya is seeking to clinch one of the two slots reserved for Africa.