Rwandan side Rwanda Revenue Authority volleyball club were drawn alongside hosts and record hodlers Al Ahly in Pool A of the 2018 Women’s African club championship which begins on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt.
The Drawing of lots for the 2018 Women’s African club championship was done in Pyramisa Hotel on Monday in presence of CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani and CAVB CC President Jean Claude Mopita.
Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) Women Volleyball Club has been in Cairo since Sunday in readiness for this year’s Africa Club Championships due to be held in Cairo, from March 6-15.
Besides hosts and record holders Al Ahly who have won eight titles and Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), Pool A is also comprised of Ugandan champions Nkumba University and Cameroon side Nyong (Cameroon) and Revenue (Rwanda).
Rwanda Revenue Authority’s best result at the continental championships was in 2016 when they reached the semi-finals before losing to defending champions Ahly of Egypt 3-0 (25-10, 25-15 and 25-9), who set up a final clash against Carthage of Tunisia.
RRA also reached the quarter-finals in 2015, and were ranked sixth overall.
Last year, the African Women’s Club Championships was won by Egypt’s Al Ahly after they beat Kenya Pipelines by 3 sets to nil.
Elsewhere, seven-time African Women Volleyball Club Champions Kenya Pipeline will are grouped alongside El Shams in Pool C alongside FAP (Cameroun), DGSP (Congo), and Vision Club (Uganda).
El Shams will be the toughest opposition for Pipeline in the group stages with the Egyptians having reached last year’s final losing 3-2 to eventual champions Carthage of Tunisia.
Pipeline, and by extension Kenya Prisons have been placed in relatively manageable pools for the championship which will climax on March 16.
Kenya Prisons will meanwhile begin their hunt for a first title since 2013 with a match up against Ivory Coast’s Asec Mimoas while they will also duel with Cameroun’s Injs, Nigeria’s Customs and Douanes from Burkina Faso in Group D.
A record 22 teams have confirmed participation for the event and both Kenya teams have accepted that competition will be tougher this year.
Pool A: Al Ahly (Egypt), Nkumba University (Uganda), Nyong (Cameroun), Rwanda Revenue Authority (Rwanda)
Pool B: Carthage (Tunisia), Harare City (Zimbabwe), Chlef (Algeria), Bafia (Cameroun), Botswana Defense Forces (Botswana).
Pool C: El Shams (Egypt), Kenya Pipeline (Kenya), FAP (Cameroun), DGSP (Congo), Vision Club (Uganda).
Pool D: Kenya Prisons (Kenya), Injs (Cameroun), Customs (Nigeria), Douanes (Burkina Faso), Asec Mimosa (Ivory Coast).