Zamalek will play Swehly as Esperance takes on compatriots Kalibia in the 2021 CAVB Men’s Africa Volleyball Club Championship semi-final on Sunday.
Zamalek, the five time African champions, sailed to the last four after beating Kenya Ports Authority, while Swehly overpowered Nemostar in the other quarter final match held on Friday in Tunis.
This is the first time that Zamalek have reached the semi-finals since 2012, while Swehly qualify for the fifth time in a row.
However, Swehly will need to work extra hard to exorcise the ghost that have haunted them for the last five editions where they failed to reach the final on all occasions.
Zamalek used heavy blocks to send Kenya Ports Authority crashing out of the competition, a win that now puts them right in course of a sixth continental title race. The Egyptians won the 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-16, 25-13) but after sweating in the second set having lost the steam after a powerful start.
Despite the lose, KPA assistant coach Sammy Mulinge believes that his charges did a fair job after hitting their quarter final target in their first appearance at the competition.
“Our target was to make it to the quarter-finals, which we achieved. We had a game plan before we left Mombasa to Tunisia which has worked well.
“The experience gained by the KPA players will absolutely go a long way when the team returns home to participate in the national league,” said Mulinge.
Esperance, on the other hand, made light work of another Kenyan side, General Service Unit, with a straight set victory, while Kalibia beat Port Douala by straight sets to book their first semi final berth since 2004.
This is the first time in 17 years that Kalibia have sailed to the semis, thanks to a 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-18) win over the Cameroonians.
Esperance had an easy evening exercise against GSU whom they arrested with a 3-0 (25-12,25-22,25-9) win.
In the women’s championship that is taking place in the Port side city of Kalibia, six time champions Kenya Pipeline stumped their authority with an easy win over AS Douanes.
The Kenyan girls easily won the match by straight sets (25-7, 25-16,25-11) same as KO Kelibia who beat Burundi’s Muzinga by the same sets ; 3-0 (25-08, 25-13, 25-06) in Pool B.
Quarterfinal 1-8 Results
Esperance (Tunisia) v GSU (Kenya) 3-0 (25-12, 25-22, 25-9)
Zamalek (Egypt) v Kenya Ports Authority (Kenya) 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-16, 25-13)
Swehly (Libya) v Nemostar (Uganda) 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-19)
Kelibia (Tunisia) v Port Douala (Cameroon) 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-18)
Semifinal Programme April 25
14:00: Zamalek (Egypt) v Swehly (Libya)
16:00: Esperance (Tunisia) v Kelibia (Tunisia)
Play off 5-8 Programme
10:00: GSU (Kenya) v Port (Cameroon)
12:00: Kenya PA (Kenya) v Nemostar (Uganda)