Six-time champions Kenya eased to an effortless 3-0 victory over 2005 finalists Nigeria as the 15th edition of the Africa Nations Cup volleyball served off yesterday in Nairobi.
David Lung’aho’s girls affirmed their intentions to recapture the crown they held last in 2007, pacing through the Nigerians 25-11, 25-15 and 25-15 respectively at the Africa Nazarene University.
The tie that brought out Kenya’s flamboyance in attack and defence, elicited memories of the 2005 Abuja final where Kenya triumphed 3-1.
Kenya now meet the 1999 finalists Cameroon in their second match on Saturday. Cameroon start their quest against Egypt on Wednesday.
“Not that the match was easy, we just forced them into making mistakes with our fast-paced game, having discovered their weak defence,” said Lung’aho, who was in praise of his attackers especially the captain, Praxidis Agala and Evelyne Makuto.
“I hope they uphold the fire and momentum even with the two-day break,” added Lung’aho.
Meanwhile, defending champions Algeria weathered a strong charge from Senegal in the last two sets as they launched the quest for their second continental title with a 3-0 victory.
The champions paced through the first set of the Pool ‘B’ tie with ease, winning 25-15 but the Senegalese sprouted from the cocoon to put up a brave battle but fell short to go down, 20-25 and 22-25 respectively.
In the other pool match, three-time champions Tunisia, who lost to Algeria at last year’s championship final 0-3, also started their campaign strongly, braving Botswana’s third set exploits to triumph 3-1.
The first two sets seemed an easy ride for the 1985, 1987 and 1999 Tunisia who snatched 25-18 and 25-12 wins.
Botswana would plough back winning the third set 25-18 but the Tunisians were quick to nip their surge taking the fourth set 25-18.