GSU players in action against Equity Bank’s during a KBF League at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday, Jan 24, 2021. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Defending Kenyan volleyball champions General Service Unit (GSU) men’s volleyball team defeated Espoire from Congo 3-0 to qualify for the African Clubs Championship quarterfinals set for Friday in Tunis, Tunisia.

GSU humbled the Congolese side 25-11, 25-14 and 25-12 in straight sets to finish second in Pool D behind Zamalek from Egypt.

The Kenyan side qualifies for the knock out stages despite starting the competition on the wrong foot. GSU had on Sunday fell to five-time champions Zamalek 3-0 before bouncing back to winning ways on Monday by seeing off Nigeria Customs 3-1.

Espoire had on Sunday surrendered a one-set lead to go down to Nigeria Customs 3-1(28-26,16-25,25-21,25-28) before they continued with their poor run Monday in the hands of Zamalek losing 3-0 (25-21,25-22,25-14).

The Kenyan champions will now face Esperance of Tunisia in one of the quarterfinal matches set to tip-off on Friday

Esperance, who are four-time champions, finished top in pool A.

Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) also qualified for the quarters after registering a 3-0 win over Rukinzo of Burundi in their last pool A match.

The debutants had to win their final match against Rukinzo of Burundi Tuesday evening to book their place in the quarters, a win they sealed with a comfortable 25-23, 25-10 and 25-19.

Despite opening their account with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Armee Patriotique Rwandaise on Sunday, KPA had lost to home side Esperance on Monday 3-0 (27-25, 25-11,25-13).

Africa Club Championship Results

GSU 3-0 Espoire

GSU 3-1 Nigeria Customs

GSU 0-3 Zamalek

KPA 3-2 Armee Patriotique Rwandaise

KPA 0-3 Esperence

KPA 3-0 Rukinzo


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