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2016 Men’s African Club Championship- Day 2
With three 5 set matches, the second day of the 2016 Men’s African Club Championship showed more thrills and exciting actions in the 2 venues of the competition as Libya’s Ahly Beni Ghazi, Egypt’s Geish and RD Congo’s Espoir fought for more than 2 hours to clinch the tough tiebreaker victories at Cairo Stadium Complex on Thursday.
Pool C match between favourites Geish of Egypt and 4 time champions Esperance of Tunisia was the masterpiece of the day as the Egyptian team came from 2 sets behind to clinch victory 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11) win in what is considered as a top of the pool decider.
“We considered this match as a final as we need to finish as pool leaders to avoid meeting the defending champions Ahly of Egypt in the quarterfinal,” Said Geish coach Sherif El Shemerly.
“we corrected all the mistakes of the first and second set to overcome the situation thereafter. Now we have to rest enough before meeting Cameroon Sport in less than 24 hours.”
Inspite of the political situation of the their country, Libya’s Ahly Beni Ghazi upset Algeria’s Fanar Ain Azel who got the surprise of the opening day against Cameroonian champions FAP. The Libyans needed 133 minutes to overcome their opponent 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 35-33, 22-25, 15-11) in Pool D.
In the third show of the day Espoir of Congo got their second win against Douanes (Burkina Faso) 3-2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-17, 2-16, 15-9) after they came back from 2 sets behind in Pool B.
Heavy favourites and 11 time champions Ahly of Egypt pulled off the second straight sets victory against Wolaitta (ETH) 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-10).
Organisers and 5 time champions Zamalek also secured a second victory against Gendarmerie (MAD) 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-14).
In a day of Libyan victories, the second Libyan team Swehly got the victory, another also 3-0 (25-25-12, 25-25-14, 25-23) against Daim Hamad of Sudan.
DGSP (CGO) overcame a shaky start to overwhelm Police (SEN) 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22) in 63 minutes in Pool A.
Atletico (CPV) rebounded after the opening loss to upset TGOM (GAB) 3-1 (15-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21) in the third of Pool B matches.
Setif (ALG) grabbed victory over GSU (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) in Pool C
Other Pool D matches showed FAP (CMR) rebounding against Nahda (SUD) 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18) and Smouha (EGY) continuing their steady performance to beat Nemostars (UGA) 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16).
Day 2 results
Swehly (LBA) v Daim Hamad (SUD) 3-0 (25-25-12, 25-25-14, 25-23)
DGSP (CGO) v Police (SEN) 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-22)
Zamalek (EGY) v Gendarmerie (MAD) 3-0 (25-9, 25-21, 25-14)
Espoir (COD) v Douanes (BUR) 3-2 (19-25, 19-25, 25-17, 2-16, 15-9)
Atletico (CPV) v TGOM (GAB) 3-1 (15-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-21)
Ahly E (EGY) v Wolaitta (ETH) 3-0 (25-12, 25-10, 25-10)
CSVB (CMR) v Stef Auto (MOZ) —Stef Auto withdraw and disqualified
Setif (ALG) v GSU (KEN) 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18)
Geish (EGY) v Esperance (TUN) 3-2 (21-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 15-11)
Ahly Beni Ghazi (LBA) v Fanar (ALG) 3-2 (21-25, 26-24, 35-33, 22-25, 15-11)
FAP (CMR) v Nahda (SUD) 3-1 (25-20, 22-25, 25-17, 25-18)
Smouha (EGY) v Nemostars (UGA) 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-16)
After making his presence felt at the just concluded ITTF World Tour tagged Kuwait Open, Egypt’s Shady Magdy is hoping for a return to Lagos for the Nigerian Open scheduled for May 18 to 22 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.
The 20 year-old Egypt defeated Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo to claim the U-21 title at the 2015 Nigerian Open and with his performance at the Kuwait Open, he is roaring to conquer in Lagos.
Despite being edged out in the semifinal of the Kuwait Open at the weekend, the impact Shady Magdy made in Kuwait caused heartaches to some top players from Japan and Denmark.
Shady Magdy caused a major surprise by beating Japan’s Toni Ryuzaki, the no.11 seed, in the first round and he maintained his good form as the player with no current world ranking in the second round accounted for another Japanese Kohei Sambe, the no.4 seed, saving three match points in the fourth game, before gaining and early lead the fifth and never looking back (3-11, 12-10, 9-11, 15-13, 11-8).
Equally, in the opening round of the Men’s Singles qualification event, he had been in good form; he had extended Denmark’s Zhai Yujia, listed at no.105 on the current Men’s World Rankings, the full seven games distance (11-7, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7, 9-11, 12-14, 11-8).
But Shady Magd’s adventures came to a conclusion on Friday March 18 at the semi-final stage of the U-21 Men’s Singles event. He found the fast attacking skills of Hong Kong’s Ho Kwan Kit, the no.2 seed, just too hot to handle; a straight games defeat was the order of the day (11-5, 11-3, 11-9).
Disappointment for Shady Magdy but he was realistic. “Looking back I have to be pleased with my level here”, he concluded. “Now I want to play more high level matches; hopefully I will go to the Polish Open and the Nigerian Open,” he said.
In Nigeria he is the defending U-21 Men’s Singles champion; last year he beat the host nation’s Ojo Onaolapo in the final. Notably on that occasion he recovered from a two games to nil deficit to secure success (6-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9).
The impressive performance of Team Nigeria at the 39th ITF/CAT African Junior Championship concluded over the weekend in Pretoria, South Africa has been rewarded with a ticket for the Junior Davis Cup scheduled for Egypt later this year.
Also, Michael Osewa emerged silver medalist in the boy’s 14&under category of the 11-day tournament following a 7-5, 6-4 loss to Damien Laporte of the Seychelles.
Osewa went into the match as the favourite having triumphed 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the most recent meetings between the two players which was at the Top 8 African Junior Masters held in Casablanca, Morocco last November but it was his opponent from the Indian Ocean Island that carried the day.
Osewa had made it a trademark of recovering after losing the opening set, a feat he achieved against top seed Younes Adnane of Morocco in the last-16, Jason Espitalier of Mauritius in the quarterfinal and Ryan Randiek of Kenya in the semifinal but it was not to be this time as Laporte broke him in the ninth game of the second set before taking his remaining two games on his own serves.
Nigeria Tennis Federation boss, Sani Ndanusa commended the feat achieved by the Nigerian team which was highlighted by Osewa’s masterful display.
He said: “The fear of the North Africans is now a thing of the past for us. Our immediate task is to complement our performance here which is the best in Nigeria’s history with a bigger support for our junior players especially now that we are back in the Davis Cup after missing for about three years.”
Yousef Khamis claimed the Boys’ 16 & under singles title beating Philip Henning of South Africa 7-6, 6-2 butMakayla Loubser restored the pride of the host nation by winning the Girls’ 14& under title with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Aisha Niyonkuru of Burundi.
ITF Moroccan Centre player Sada Nahimana of Burundi, made history as she claimed her third ITF title in succession at the expense of Morocco’s Diae El Jardi 7-5, 6-2.
Friday Gabriel, Christopher Itodo, Christopher Bulus, Barakat Quadri, Marylove Edward, Angel McLeod and Adetayo Adetunji are the other players that featured for Nigeria at the 11-day championship which attracted about 120 players from 25 countries.
The closing ceremony followed on centre court, with ITF Board Member Ismail El Shafei, Tennis South Africa Vice-President Riaad Davids, Confederation of African Tennis President Tarak Cherif, ITF Executive Director Luca Santilli and other distinguished guests all present.
Egypt’s El Guish finalised on Friday their final phase of preparations for the upcoming Men’s African Club Volleyball Championship due to start in Cairo Stadium Complex on Wednesday March 23, 2016.
The leaders of the current Egyptian league finished their training camp in Sharm El Sheikh and return back to Cairo to play 2 friendly matches ahead of the ground breaking competition.
El Guish is considered one of the heavy contenders for the title after their great performance this season as they beat the biggest clubs in Egypt Ahly and Zamalek in their final round matches early this month. They are now one point ahead of the record holders Ahly and 3 points apart from the Egyptian defending champions Zamalek.
The 2007 African runner up will depend on a star studded squad including 5 national team players led by Ahmed Salah who search for another era with his new club after great achievements with the both Egyptian National team and club side Ahly. Among other stars are National team outside hitters Omar Naguib “Taysson”, Elhosseini Samir, middle blockers Rashad Shebl, Mamdouh Abdel Moneim and the Brazilian receiver Maneus Abbadi.
Guish is led by the Ex. Egyptian National team coach Sherif El Shemerly who led them twice to win the African Nations Championship.
The 2016 edition of the Men’s African Club Volleyball Championship features 24 teams who will compete for a World Championship ticket
Cameroon Sports team have concluded their preparations for the upcoming Men’s African Club Championship due to be held in Cairo Stadium Complex March 23 to April 1, 2016.
The team will play in the attractive African competition for the first time in their history aiming to achieve positive results.
“We are going to show the best possible performance in the competition against the strongest teams in the continent,” Said the team’s coach Yende Lavoisier in the training camp in Yaoundé.
“Now we are going to set up a foundation for the future of our club, so we need to work very hard. We need to extend our matches to the longest possible, to learn and gain more experience specially against favourite clubs from Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.
Cameroon Sport will represent their country along with Forces Armees Et Police “FAP” in the 24 club competition.
CCTV reporter Saddique Shaaban interviewed the coach and the best player of the team.
You can watch the video here
Nigeria’s Micheal Osewa on Thursday, reached the final of the boy’s 14&under event at the 39th ITF/CAT African Junior Championships in Pretoria, South Africa with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Ryan Randiek of Kenya.
The semifinal clash at the University of Pretoria High Performance Centre saw the two players going head-to-head for the second year running with Osewa outplaying his East African rival with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament held in Tunisia in 2015.
The match was going with the serves until the ninth game when Randiek broke the Nigerian before sealing the set 6-4 on his serve. Nigeria’s coach Mohammed Ubale had expressed worries over Osewa’s inability to win the opening game which he pointed puts him under pressure but just like he did in the round of 16 clash against the number one seed Younes Adnan of Morocco and Jason Espitalier of Mauritius in the quarterfinal, Osewa kept his composure to level the match by winning the second set 6-4 to force the game into a rubber decider which he won 6-2. He will now meet Damien Laporte of Seychelles, who defeated South Africa’s Khololwam Montsi in Friday’s final.
An elated President of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) Sani Ndanusa, who watched the match alongside several other federation bosses who are in Pretoria for the Annual General Meeting of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), said Osewa’s feat has helped break the jinx of players from North Africa who have always proved a barrier to Nigeria’s quest to rule Africa.
Osewa was stopped by Morocco’s Ismaal Saadi at this stage last year while Nigeria’s best outing in recent years was in 2012 when Candy Idoko finished third in Botswana after losing to a Tunisian in the semifinal.
Osewa is also in the run for the doubles title where he is pairing Gabriel Friday. There semifinal clash with opponents from South Africa was put on hold due to rain.
About 120 players from 25 countries are featuring in the 11-day tournament. The event which is in four categories is the biggest junior tennis tournament in Africa.
Nemostars’ coach Andrew Okapis is impressed with the strides his side is taking to be in shape for Men’s African Club Championship slated for Cairo, Egypt from March 23 to April 1.
Okapis was speaking after his side’s training this week at East Kololo Primary School. “Everyone looks to be positive and in fine shape. Of course there are a few issues we need to work on and improve and that’s the main task we are working on right now,”
Nemostars are preparing for their fourth appearance on the continent, and fly out in six days’ time with hope of bettering their previous performances.
“We are beyond the level of mere participants. This team is strong enough to compete with some of the big boys on the continent. That’s our target, to at least qualify for the knockout stages.
At their first appearance on the continent in 2013, Nemostars were ranked 11th out of 17 teams. That position later deteriorated to 17 out of 21 teams in Tunisia in 2014. Last year in the same country, the three time Uganda champions finished a distant 21st out of 24 teams.
Nemostars patron Neko Muduse-Ojala said; “We are trying to appeal to the public to bail us out. We have always relied on well-wishers to bail us out, the reason we have managed to travel in the past
Nemostars qualified to represent Uganda for the fourth straight year after winning the national league last December; they defeated Sport-S 2-1 in the best of three finals.
Nigeria’s Micheal Osewa continued his giant-killing run at the on-going Championship in Pretoria, South Africa with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Jason Espitalier of Mauritius to qualify for the semifinal of the 14&under of the 11-day event which will end on Saturday.
Osewa had on Monday caused the biggest shock of the tournament which attracts about 120 players from 25 countries with a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over number one seed Younes Adnane of Morocco and, in an identical fashion to his beating of the top seed, he added his opponent from the Indian Ocean Island to his list of casualties in the quarterfinal clash at the High Performance Centre of the University of Pretoria.
The knockout stage has been a complete turnaround for the eighth-seeded Osewa, who started the tournament on a faltering note by losing to Eliakin Coulibaly of Cote d’Ivoire in the preliminary stage.
However, with the likes of second seed Elyes Marouani of Tunisia, Ahmed Atef of Egypt, who is the third seed and Khololwam Montsi, the tenth seeded South African, who halted the incredible run of Nigeria’s Gabriel Friday all still in the race for the title, Osewa still have to up his game if he is to rule Africa.
Nigeria’s coach Mohammed Ubale expressed confidence in Osewa declaring he could beat all his rivals to the title but he was quick to add that he must avoid putting himself under pressure by trailing all the time.
He said: “Osewa is very hungry for success as he has been improving since the first game which he lost. He needs to be calm because he is always eager to hit the winners which he hasn’t been doing perfectly. Psychologically, he is always under big pressure after losing the opening set. He needs to avoid falling behind.”
Osewa is the only player left in contention for a title as the likes of Friday, Christopher Itodo, Christopher Bulus, Adetayo Adetunji, Angel McLeod, Barakat Qaudri and Marylove Edward have all exited from the singles events.