Botswana men’s volleyball team won only one game at the African Nations Championships when they walloped Gabon 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 27-25).
The match lasted 79 minutes.
Botswana started attacking early with efficient spikes of Shadrack Kapeko and the tight block of Happy Ribbin and Francis Dingwe before Gabon returned back to form in the second set, after they improved their defense and started to organize their combinations.
Botswana regained the rhythm to win the match by straight sets.
In other games, Botswana lost to Tunisia 3-0 on the 27th September. In the second game, Egypt overwhelmed the net action with the main line up and the reserve players to cruise past Botswana 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-17) in a pool B match.
Algeria also played aggressively to sweep Botswana 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-14) in Pool B match. Botswana improved their win-loss ratio to 1-3 to finish fourth in Pool B and play for the 5-8 brackets, while Gabon dropped to 0-4 and finished their competition matches on the ninth and last position.
The Algerian team, the host team Morocco and Cameroon joined the defending champions Egypt to the semifinal spot of the 2009 Men’s African Nations championship after the fifth and last day.
“The preliminary round featured a valuable victory for Algeria over Tunisia to kick the record holder from the podium for the first time in the history of African championships.”
Libya beat Morocco in a thriller of an encounter in front of a full house of spectators at Titouan Stadium Hall in Morocco on Thursday. The victory made equal win-loss ratio between three teams Cameroon, Morocco and Libya but with the point ratio Cameroon and Morocco qualified, as first and second, while Libya plays for 5-8 brackets”.
In the other games played on Friday, Cameroon led pool A with the point ratio ahead of Morocco both with a win-loss ratio of 2-1. Libya finished third followed by South Africa at the bottom of the pool (0-3) and both teams play for the 5-8 positions.
Egypt finished ahead of pool B with 8 points from 4-0 record followed by Algeria second 7 points (3-1) and both teams qualified to the semis. Tunisia finished third (2-2) followed by Botswana fourth and both teams play for the 5-8 positions while Gabon ended the competition at the bottom of the pool (0-4) and automatically ranked 9th.
Senior sports development officer of the Botswana Volleyball Federation, Mission Mereyotlhe told Sunday Standard that, “We are definitely going to improve our ranking in the World. At the moment we are sitting at 55. Some of the guys who took part in the World Cup qualifiers did not go with the team due to school commitments in Cuba. Basically, we do have a good pool of players that needs more games. These are Reabetswe Jaba, Agisanyang Kurwana and Tshepo Iketleng. Odirile Sibanda could also not travel with the team due to new work commitments,” said Mereyotlhe.
Mereyotlhe said that the boys are expected home on the 6th October in the evening.
The semifinal games will be played tomorrow, Monday, and fixtures are as follows:
Morocco vs. Algeria and Egypt will take on Cameroon. The play off 5-8 positions will be tackled by Libya, taking on Botswana and, lastly, Tunisia and South Africa.
The winner of the competition shall join the rest of the world in Japan for the World Grand Prix in November 2009.
Additional reporting by cav.