Cameroon wins the 2021 African Women’s Championship

Published on : 19/09/2021 – 22:42Modified : 19/09/2021 – 22:55

As in 2017 and 2019, the Cameroon team won the 2021 African Nations Women’s Volleyball Championship against that of Kenya (3 sets 1), this September 19 in Kigali. Morocco took 3rd place against Nigeria, 3-0. The tournament almost did not go to an end.

Cameroonians are definitely the new bosses of continental volleyball. They beat for the third time in a row in the final of the African Championship a Kenya which has yet won this competition nine times in 20 editions.

As in 2017 and 2019, the Kenyans have indeed folded in front of the gang of Christelle Nana, Laetitia Moma and Stéphanie Fotso. In a bare Kigali Arena, the Indomitable Lionesses beat the Malia Strikers 3 sets to 1. The two rival selections will now meet in a few months side by side to represent Africa at the next World Championship (August 26-September 11 2022 in the Netherlands and Poland).

Earlier today, this September 19, 2021 in Kigali, Morocco took 3rd place against Nigeria (3-0), while Tunisia finished 5th ahead of the DRC (3-0). The Moroccans lost the same morning in the semi-finals against the Kenyans (3-0) and the Nigerians suffered the same fate (3-0 in the semi-finals) against the Cameroonians.

A tournament that was almost canceled

All’s well that ends well, therefore, for the African Nations Women’s Volleyball Championship and for Rwanda. But it was hard ! Because Rwanda experienced a first quack after brilliantly organizing the inaugural edition of the Basketball Africa League (May 16-30), the African Nations Men’s Basketball Championship (August 24 to September 5) and the African Nations Men’s Volleyball Championship (September 7-14).

The women’s volleyball CAN at the Kigali Arena was almost canceled, after already two days of interruption. On September 16, the International Federation (FIVB) temporarily suspended the Rwandan Federation (FRVB) because its women’s selection fielded four Brazilian players ineligible during the competition. The FIVB and the African Confederation (CAVB) then asked the local authorities to continue this edition without the Rwanda team, de facto disqualified. Unacceptable to the Rwandan authorities.

A point of no return was almost reached on September 18, rfi.fr learned from corroborating sources. The FIVB then considered automatically qualifying Cameroon and Kenya to the 2022 World Cup, as the best African teams in the world rankings. But the efforts of the CAVB paid off and the event came to an end after a Sunday marathon. And Cameroonians and Kenyans have won their ticket on the field.

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