By AFESEH APONG
sports writer kick442.com, Cameroon.
The Kenyan women’s volleyball team has qualified for the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, following a 3 sets to zero win this Thursday over their Nigerian counterparts, in the last game of Tokyo 2020 African Women’s volleyball qualifiers, at the Yaoundé multipurpose sports complex.
Kiprono Sharon Chepchumba won the first point of the game for Kenya, with a beautiful spike. A poor start for Nigeria, forced coach Samuel Alabi Ajayi to ask for a time out after just four minutes.
At a point in the game, Kenya was leading 11 points to 2, but a fight back from Achi Nwabuaku Sharon and Co, saw Nigeria reducing the gap to 19#12. That however did not stop the seven times African champions, Kenya, from winning the set 25#15 in over 25 minutes.
Kenya led the second set 4#0 after two minutes, but Nigeria grabbed three points in quick succession to make it 4#3, before the set was later tight at 5#5 after six minutes.
Surprisingly, Nigeria led 8#7 eight minutes into the second set, forcing Kenya to call for a technical time out. When play resumed, a poor serve from Nigeria’s Francis Albertina gifted Kenya a free point. The set was again tight at 16#16 after 18 minutes, and Nigeria eventually leading 17#16, but Kenya fought hard to win the set 25#21 in 31 minutes.
The third set looked more like a one horse race, as Kenya displayed their supremacy and outfoxed Nigeria 25#12.
KENYA 3#0 NIGERIA
Kenya therefore qualifies for the 2020 Olympic games, and will be Africa’s lone representative. They recorded four wins in four games in the qualifying tournament, over Botswana, Egypt, Cameroon and Nigeria.
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