The Volleyball Lions have not been able to do what the Lionesses did in Egypt some days back. It would have been the icing on the cake winning the Women’s and the men’s Volleyball championship respectively but the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia had other ideas.

The jinx since 1987 lives on. The Volleyball Lions of Cameroon have lost to Tunisia by 2 sets to 3 in a game that had to go as far as the tie breaker. Cameroon won the first set by 25-23, before going ahead to lose 2 games in a spin 25-20, 26-24, and winning the 4th set to send us to a tie break which Tunisia eventually won with a slender margin of 15-13.

This happens to be the third time in the men’s Volleyball championship final these two are meeting but unfortunately there is no third time lucky for the Cameroon team.

For Tunisia it was all about cementing their dominance in the continent with their 10th championship on home soil, 3 coming off Cameroon; 1987, 1997 and 2019.

The volleyball Lions hoped to claim their 3rd African men’s volleyball championship in Tunis but unfortunately, they are stock with 2 and have suffered their 4th heartbreak in the finals; 3 in the hands of Tunisia and one from Egypt back in 2011.

Despite the heartache in the finals, Cameroon had some exquisite displays ‘en route’ to the finale beating the likes of Congo, Egypt, Morocco, Burundi and Algeria not dropping any set in the process.

Captain Nathan Wounembaina and his boys would pick out positives and move on knowing that they really shot themselves in the foot with lot’s of unforced errors in the finals.

GIOVANNI WANNEH.