Kenya’s men volleyball team closer to All Africa Games berth
Kenya’s men volleyball team’s chances qualifying for the finals of the 2015 All Africa Games remained bright after they defeated Uganda 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) on Sunday at the Amahoro Stade Petite.
Coach Geoffrey Omondi started with Michael Chemos, Hudson Wanyama, Wesley Rono, David Kirwa, Daniel Kiptoo and Dennis Mokua and they settled in the game before their opponents did.
“Uganda were tougher than Burundi. They put us under lot of pressure but because of experience we came out on top,” Omondi told Daily Nation from Kigali, Rwanda.
Kenya kicked off their campaign with a comprehensive 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-20) win over Burundi on Saturday.
Against the Ugandans, Kenya showed early intent as the team utilized their attack and exploited their opponents’ clumsiness.
Mokua, Kiptoo and Chemos’ services tormented Ugandan’s reception of George Aporu, Ivan Ongom and libero Emma Elanyu.
Uganda succeeded in their strategy of keeping Chemos quiet, they but couldn’t do the same to Kirwa. Kenya led 16-12 by the second technical time-out.
Chemos and Kirwa switched roles, as Kenya took the set 25-22. But Uganda looked the more composed side in the second set, leading 8-6 by the first TTO with Chemos still struggling to penetrate George Aporu and Savior Atama’s block.
With Uganda leading 16-14 by the second TTO, Kenya chased the match until they leveled the scores forcing the Ugandan to make errors before taking the set 25-20.
The third set was all about Kenya as they easily wrapped up the set 25-18 for a 3-0 victory.
A win against Rwanda in their next match will guarantee Kenya a berth at the September games in Congo Brazzaville.
Rwanda beat Kenya 3-2 for years ago to earn a ticket to the last edition of the All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique.