Rwanda Revenue Authority were knocked out in the quarter finals of the African Cup Club Championships at Moi International Center Kasarani. The tax collectors lost three straight sets to defending champions Kenya Prisons, (25-14, 25-9 and 25-11) to pack their belongings and head straight home.
The defending champions had the upper hand from the start leading by 8-4 by the first technical time out thanks to spikes from Lydhia Maiyo Nasiche Makuto and Captain Bracksides Khadambi.
In the first set Rwanda had the glimmers of hope to catch up after the hosts wasted numerous serves but by the time the match went to the second technical time out the visitors were trailing 16-11. The eventually lost 25-14, the best score they obtained from the warders, before losing the remaining sets 25-9 and 25-11.
Head coach Jean Luc Ndayikingurukiye later on blamed the officials of the tournament for the rearrangement of fixtures saying there were no clear rules as to which side faces which. He said, “I thought we were going to face F.A.P of Cameron in the quarter finals, not Kenya Prisons. We need clear rules.” And his opposite number David Lungaho hailed his side for a good show, saying Rwanda is also a promising side.
Nonetheless one would have to contend that it’s not a bad ending to Rwanda Revenue and head coach Ndayikingurukiye, having made it to the quarter finals for the second consecutive year in a row.
In other results F.A.P of Cameroon made it to the quarter final after seeing off Stef Auto of Madagascar by three sets of 25-15, 25-20 and 25-20.