Egyptian side Al Ahly won their sixth African Women Clubs Championship title after they defeated recorder holders Kenya Pipelines 3-1 in Cairo Egypt on Sunday.
The title was Al Ahly’s first since their 2009 triumph in Nairobi Kenya when they defeated Kenya Commercial Bank 3-1 in the finals.
On the other hand, it’s now a decade since Pipeline last tasted continental glory when they defeated Al Ahly 3-0 also in Nairobi.
Going into the game, Al Ahly showed more hunger for silverware when they led 8-2 by the first technical timeout (TTO) of the first set and later 16-9 by the second.
By the end of the set it was advantage Al Ahly after they too it 25-16, Pipeline struggled with their block and cover yet it was the other way round as the Egyptians dominated in all areas.
It was the same script in the second set as Al Ahly again were in control by the first TTO 8-5, but by the second TTO Pipeline had their first lead of the game 61-15.
Jane Wanja and company never looked back as they leveled the game by winning the second 25-23. Al Ahly relied on the cheers of the home crowd as they took control of the third against leading 16-10.
Pipeline fought back to keep the gap in touching distance as they trailed 23-20. But Al Ahly defended their service on two occasions to gain the lead again 25-20.
Then Pipeline led again in the fourth with a slim 8-4 advantage and limited Al Ahly to only two points as they stretched that to 13-6.
Pipeline again failed to hold their nerves as Al Ahly made seven points to their two as the latter led 15-14 Al. the Egyptians made sure they don’t lose track of the Kenyans as they drew level 18-18. Pipeline got into touching distance of the fourth set when they led 22-20, Al Ahly drew level (22-22).
Both teams didn’t want to let go as moments later it was 23 all, and Al Ahly needed deuce to win the title while Pipeline to force the tie breaker, Al Ahly won it 28-26.
Both teams were meeting in the finals a record 13 times each, and now Al Ahly are one title short of Pipeline’s seven.
1. Ah Ahly (Egypt)
2. Pipeline (Kenya)
3. Carthage (Tunisia)
4. Al Shams (Egypt)
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)