Cameroon retain Women’s African Volleyball Championship title

·      The Volleyball Lionesses won their third consecutive African Women’s Volleyball Championship title after beating record winners Kenya in the final on Sunday.

By Beng Emmanuel

Cameroon have been crowned champions of the 2021 Women’s African Volleyball Championship for the third successive time after defeating record winners Kenya 3 sets to 1 in the final last Sunday at the Kigali Arena in Rwanda.

The Volleyball Lionesses have also qualified for the 2022 FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Championship to be staged in the Netherlands and Poland next year. Despite the defeat, nine-time champions Kenya grabbed the second available ticket for the World championship.

Cameroon began the game with some heap of confidence having enjoyed a superb run to the final unbeaten.

They won the first set 25-21 and did not drop their intensity by winning the second set 25-23. But they faded form later in the third set and lost 25-15. They later bounced to claim the third set 25-23 to defend their title-their third trophy in a row.

It was a remarkable competition for the Volleyball Lionesses who lost only a set to Kenya whom they defeated twice in the competition. It was also the third time that the Lionesses defeated Kenya in the final of the African Volleyball Championship after similar triumphs in 2017, 2019, and now 2021.

Besides emerging victorious, Cameroon’s captain Christel Nana was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Competition (MVP). The Central African nation becomes the third most successful nation on the continent after Kenya and Egypt.

They are also only the second nation to win the title three consecutive times after Kenya last attained the feat (2011, 2013, and 2015)


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