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African Games: Kenyan girls win volleyball gold

Kenya came from a set down on Monday afternoon to beat Cameroon 3-1 and win gold in the ongoing African Games in Brazaville, Congo.

Cameroon looked set to hand Kenya its second defeat in the games after taking the first set.

But in a reverse of what had happened between the two teams earlier in the tournament, it was Kenya’s turn to come from behind this time as they lifted the next three sets and lift the gold against all odds.

Coach Paul Gitau was elated though he insisted he had expected a podium finish after the team had come from the group stages on top.

“I said it here that if we top the group, we will go all the way to win gold. I am happy we have proved that we were the best coming here,” he said.

Egypt beat Seychelles 3-0 to finish the competition with a bronze medal.

Kenya had paraded a young team as the senior team was involved in the world championships in Japan by the time the All African Games was starting and Gitau was given the onus task of preparing a team made up of some inexperienced players.

But despite the 3-2 loss to Cameroon in their third group game after leading 2-0, Kenya was by far the most impressive side beating Algeria and Nigeria in the group stages and again coming from down to beat Egypt in the semi finals.


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