Now Ahly plays Sfax and Esperance face Etoile in the semifinal matches on Thursday where the winners qualify to the final to come one step closer the dreams of qualifying to the 2014 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship in Brazil.
Ahly (EGY) did a little effort to trounce Borj Bou Aririj (ALG) 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-18) in a match lasting 64 minutes. Esperance (TUN) fought for 74 minutes to cruise past Setif (ALG) 3-1 (26-24, 25-17, 20-25, 25-17) to clinch their second consecutive semifinal ticket. Setif now will play for the 5 to 8 standings.
Defending champions Sfax (TUN) played their best to overcome Ahly Benighazi (LIB) in straight sets (25-14, 25-17, 25-16) in 62 minutes to claim second consecutive semis ticket. Whiel organizers Etoile Sportive du Sahel completed the Tunisian trio in the semis after their clinched a tough victory 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-21) in the most exciting of the quarterfinal matches.
In the quarterfinal 9 to 16 positions Prisons (KEN) beat Ittihad Tangier (MOR) 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 21-25, 24-26), while FAP overcame their compatriots Bafia 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17). Ettihad Misurata (LIB) took over Port Douala (CMR) 3-1 (25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 25-16) and finally GSU KEN) beat Espoire (COD) 3-1 (20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-16).
In the play off 17 to 21 positions Autoridade (MOZ) set their competition first win over Mugher Cement (ETH) after a tough tiebreaker fought 3-2 (14-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-12)
Semifinal programme 27 March
Etoile (TUN) v Esperance (TUN)
Ahly (EGY) v Sfax (TUN)
Play off 5-8
Ahly Tripoli (LIB) v Setif (ALG)
Borj B (ALG) v Ahly Benighazi (LIB)
Play off 9-12
Prisons (KEN) v GSU (KEN)
FAP (CMR) v Misurata (LIB)
Play off 13-16
Ittihad Tanger (MAR) v Espoir (COD)
Bafia (CMR) v Port (CMR)
Play off 17- 21
Nahda (SUD) v Nemo Stars (UGA)
Beau Vallon (SEY) v Autoridade (MOZ)
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