Action-starved Tunisian volleyball fans stormed the competition hall last week on Tuesday demanding to be allowed to watch the match between Kalibia and compatriots Esperance during the semi final of the ongoing Africa Men’s Club Championship in Tunis.
The ugly incident that caused a 35-minute delay as the organizers battled to clear the hall, has since forced the Confederation of Africa Volleyball Federation (CAVB) to move the final match to a different venue. The final will now be played at the Sidi Bousaid Hall to Zouaoui Hall.
The match was eventually held behind closed doors with empty seats cheering Esperance to the final.
The final will pit Esperance against Egypt’s Zamalek.
Zamalek stormed the finals for a record 13 times after seeing off Libya’s Swehly 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) while Esperance knocked out Kelibia 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-20) in an all-Tunisia semi final match.
The Egyptian giants are aiming for a sixth title that will take them level with CS Sfaxien as the second most successful team in the championship’s history.
Meanwhile, a Nigerian club beat a Kenyan opposition for the first time in over a decade after
Customs Services shocked six-time women’s champions Kenya Pipeline as Carthage stormed to the semi-finals in Kalibia.
Pipeline must now win their final group B match against Carthage in what is expected to be a mouth biting clash between Kenya and Tunisia.
Pipeline must win after losing against Nigeria Customs, and the latter must beat Douanes and hope for CS Sfaxien’s win to qualify.
The historic win left Customs with a realistic chance of reaching the semi-final stage for the first time but they will rely on Carthage to beat Pipeline if they are to proceed with the Nigerians, who have eight points from three matches, looking to pick maximum points from AS Douanes of Burkina Faso on Monday.
Pool B leaders Carthage meanwhile became the first team to qualify for the semis after a convincing 3-0 win over ASEC Mimosa.
Hosts CS Sfaxien will play against Kelibia in an all Tunisian clash where a win for any of the sides will guarantee semi-final progress. Kenya Prisons who have a date with Wolaita Sodo University, are top favourites to qualify from pool A.
Wolaita Sodo University recorded their first win of the championship, thanks to a walk over handed to the Ethiopian side after Muzinga of Burundi failed to honour the match.
Earlier, National Alcohol registered their first win in this competition thanks to a 3-1 set victory against AS Douanes in another thriller.
Match Day 4 results (all matches at Aissa Ben Nasr Hall)
National Alcohol (Ethiopia) 3-1 AS Douanes (Burkina Faso) (28-26, 25-23, 24-26, 25-17) Pool B
Customs (Nigeria) v Pipeline (Kenya) 3-2 (20-25,25-18, 25-20, 24-26, 15-11) Pool B
KO Kelibia (Tunisia) v Prisons (Kenya) 0-3 (21-25, 21-25, 20-25) Pool A
Carthage (Tunisia) v ASEC Mimosas (Côte d’ivoire) 3-0 (25-05, 25-08, 25-09) Pool B
Wolaita Sodo University (Ethiopia) v Muzinga (Burundi) 3-0 (25-0, 25-0, 25-0) Pool A
Day 4 programme
10am: ASEC Mimosas (Cote d’Ivoire) v National Alcohol (Ethiopia) Pool B
12pm: Pipeline (Kenya) v Carthage (Tunisia) Pool B
2pm: Prisons (Kenya) v Wolaita Sodo University (Ethiopia) Pool A
4pm: AS Douanes (Burkina Faso) v Customs (Nigeria) Pool B
8.30pm: CS Sfaxien (Tunisia) v KO Kelibia (Tunisia) Pool A