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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 67 SPORT Hosts beat Seychelles to set up titanic clash with North African opponents tomorrow BY AYUMBA AYODI @AyumbaAyodi firstname.lastname@example.org World Championships African qualifiers to set up a decisive clash tomorrow. Yesterday, the home team was K clinical in its execution, dismissing Seychelles in three straight sets of 25-13, 25-20 and 25-11 while Tunisia also beat Uganda 3-0 sets of 25-14, 25-8 and 25-19. Kenya and Tunisia last met in September 19 last year during the last match of Africa Cup of Nations in Nairobi where the hosts won in 3-0 (25–17 25–20 25–23). Kenya’s coach David Lung’aho and his Tunisian counterpart Mohammed Messelimani expect a highly technical match, with both teams out to control the duel either at high or slow pace. Lung’aho also sent a message of condolence to his player Mercy Moim, who lost her mother the previous night but still played against Seychelles. “Tunisia is an experienced side capable of handling both fast and slow pace game,” said Lung’aho, enya and Tunisia yesterday took their unbeaten run to four matches at the FIVB adding that his girls have be improving with every match. “From what I have seen the shall play a better game on Sat urday.” Lung’aho said they took it slo against Seychelles and shuffl positions as a tactic ahead Saturday’s match. “I didn’t want to bring out my entire arsen and I am happy Tunisia didn get anything from the matc said Lung’aho. Kenya favourites He has asked his players belie in themselves as they stand a go chance to play in the World Cha pionships in Italy. “We have been talking about the Tunisia mat for the last two weeks and m charges know what to do,” sa Lung’aho, adding that things ha not been easy for Moim. Messelimani said everythi favoured hosts and Afric champions Kenya. “I have talk to the girls after having noti their many mistakes in servi and attack. They just must their game,” said Messelima “We know Kenya plays a fa game but we also do, so we are seeking revenge here.” Kenya were ruthless from the word go, with Esther Wangechi, Brackcides Agala and Monica Biama displaying an all-round attack. Agala’s brilliant net drop put Kenya ahead 8-4 at the first technical time-out before Biama stretched it at 15-6. Wangechi, who has been a thorn Greipel flourishes in Tour of Oman after third stage win 3-0 Kenya’s victory over Seychelles in the World Championships African qualifiers yesterday in the flesh of Kenya’s opponents sliced through second technical time-out at 16-6 and 17-7. Biama and Agala would guide Kenya through the set 25-13. Kenya continued from where it left in the first set, easily winning the second and the third. Al Bustan, Oman Germany’s Andre Greipel took over the lead in the Tour of Oman after the Lotto rider claimed yesterday’s third stage, a 145 kilometre ride from Muscat to Al Bustan. Greipel (left) got the better of Slovakia’s Peter Sagan and Nacer Bouhanni of France in a sprint finish. The winner already of Tues- CRICKET Former captain Zaheer Abbas said yesterday that Pakistan could be the world’s best team if they improve their batting, a frequent weakness in the recent past. GERMANS TAKE OVER EMIRATES 2-0 Bayern Munich’s win over Arsenal in the Uefa Champions League last 16 match on Wednesday day’s first stage Greipel prised the leader’s red jersey from Australian Leigh Howard. Incredible stage “Andre rode a really incred- ible stage,” the stage winner’s teammate Jurgen Roelandts said. “To follow like he did the climbers in the last two sections proves his legs are incredible,” the Belgian added. MOTORCYCLING Champ Marquez out with fractured fibula MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez fractured his right leg during dirt track practice in Spain, his team said yesterday, but he hopes to be fit in time for the season-opening Qatar Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Spaniard (right), who last year became the youngest rider ever to win the world title, and the first rookie to win in 35 years, was injured on Wednesday and could be out for three to four weeks, Repsol Honda said. Greipel’s fifth win of the season pushed him to an eight second lead over Howard, with Alexander Kristoff of Norway in third, a further two seconds adrift. “It might have looked easy but today was far from that,” the German sprinter reflected. Sagan, favourite to take the stage, lost out by the length of two bikes on the line. “This second place shows that I’m in MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION Kenya’s Mercy Moim blocks a shot from Senegal’s Sokna Gueye (centre) and Marguette Mbow during their FIVB World Championships African qualifier match at Kasarani on Wednesday. OTBALL nger criticises Bayern Munich’s tics after Arsenal’s loss in Uefa ampions League. P.70 FIVB WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS | Lung’aho optimistic his charges will win at Kasarani to seal Italy slot Tunisia up next for victorious Kenya Venus reaches Dubai Open semi-finals Dubai Venus Williams continued to raise hopes of a return to the top echelons with her third straight sets win in a row and a place in the semi-finals of the Dubai Open on Thursday The seven-times former Grand Slam winner overcame Flavia Pennetta, the seed-destroying Italian, 6-4, 7-5 with a mixed performance which included a slow start and a tense finish but some typically powerful ground stroking during the guts of the match It followed her rather more im- pressive conquests of Ana Ivanovic, the former world number one, and Elena Vesnina, the Russian she had never previously beaten, and increased Venus’ chances of regaining a title she captured last time she was here, five years ago. Serena has been extremely supportive and my family have changed their lifestyle for me. It makes me feel better” Venus Williams However she failed to serve out for the match at 5-4 and then went love-40 down when she attempted to close it out at 6-5, and there were suggestions she might have been getting low on energy. “I was just thinking, god, what if she comes back and plays amazing,” said Venus, perhaps aware that a third set may not have unfolded in her favour. “She’s very tenacious and has done unbelievable to get back from injury.” Venus has done similarly. The form too,” said Sagan. As has been the case on the first two days, yesterday’s action featured a long breakaway but the three-man posse were duly swept up by the peloton which included last year’s winner, Britain’s Tour de France winner Chris Froome. Friday’s fourth stage takes the riders on a 173km route from Wadi Al Abiyad to Muscat. (AFP) RUGBY Ireland’s O’Driscoll set for record cap Ireland great Brian O’Driscoll is set to equal George Gregan’s world record for the most Test appearances when he runs out against England in the Six Nations at Twickenham tomorrow. The midfield maestro in his final season before retirement, has overcome a stomach bug and is now on course to tie former Australia scrum-half Gregan’s world record of 139 caps. 33-year-old American has already confounded predictions with her recent progress and is already certain to climb from outside the top 40 back up to the mid-thirties. Asked how she had managed to get back from her illness and fitness problems, Venus said: “I pray and try a million different things all the time. “Serena has been extremely supportive and my family have changed their life style for me. It makes me feel better.” Asked if she looked forward to an all-Williams final, Venus replied: “That would be fantastic, but we both have to get there first.” (AFP) TENNIS Sweden’s Anna Nordqvist fired a sizzling six-under 66 to take the first-round lead at the $1.5 million Honda LPGA Thailand tournament at the Siam Country Club in Pattaya yesterday.
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