Kenya Pipeline and Al Ahly of Egypt are without a doubt the most successful female volleyball clubs when it comes to winning titles on the continent.

The two sides have played in the finals of the African Women Clubs Championship a record 12 times each, Pipeline have won seven of those while Al Ahly have managed only five.

At the 2015 edition in Cairo Egypt, both sides qualified for a record 13th final, Pipeline their first since 2012 while Al Ahly were last seen in the final in 2009.

On their way to the finals, Al Ahly won the five set thriller in a tiebreaker against Carthage Tunisia 3-2 (25-23, 16-25, 24-26, 26-24, 15-11).

Pipeline also fought for 127 minutes to clinch a tough victory against Shams and needed a decisive set to overcome the Egyptians 3-2 (20-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 16-14) in the other semifinal.

The meeting between Pipeline and Al Ahly on Sunday will be the fifth for the two sides to face off in the finals. The first being in 2001, then Kenya Pipeline came out on top in the round robin format in Tlemcen Algeria.

Al Ahly had their revenge in 2013, then at their own backyard when they also won the round robin format as Pipeline settled for silver.

Pipeline won the 2005 edition in Nairobi Kenya in straight sets before Al Ahly answered back with a 3-1 win in Cairo in 2007.The last time Al Ahly were in the finals they defeated Kenya Commercial Bank 3-1 in Nairobi in 2009.

Between 2010 and 2013, it was about Pipeline and Kenya Prisons, the former winning all those, but they failed to make it at this year’ edition because of final constraints.

A win on for Al Ahly will put them one away from equaling Pipeline’s seven, while the former also wants to stretch the tally to eight.

While Pipeline will be looking for their eighth title as a club, Kenya as a country will be chasing their 14th. Al Ahly and Egypt are searching for their sixth.

Final and Bronze Medal on Sunday April 5, 2015

Bronze Medal Match: 1800 Carthage (Tunisia) v Shams (Egypt)

Final: 2000 Al Ahly (Egypt) v Pipeline (Kenya)

Final Ranking

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5.GSP (Algeria)

6.RRA (Rwanda)

7.VVC (Uganda)

8.FAP (Cameroon)

9.ARSU (Seychelles)

10.Injis (Cameroon)

11.KCB (Kenya)

12.Kutlwano (Botswana)

13.Saltigue (Senegal)

Senior staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering volleyball, football and badminton

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