Egypt to host 2018 Men’s African Club Volleyball Championship
CAVB has announced that Egypt will host the 2018 edition of the African Club Championship in the end of March and the end of April this year.
To be precise, the entire tournament will be held at Ahly Club Halls, perhaps benefitting Al Ahly who are the most successful team at the tournament, having won it 12 times compared to the next best which is Sfaxien with 6.
This is the fourth time in the last ten years that Cairo has been the host city of the tournament, and in two of those there was a Cairo derby between Al Ahly and Zamalek which would generate a lot of hype should it happen again.
The teams that will participate are currently unknown, as they have until March 5th to register for the tournament, however it normally features several big names from across the continent such as last year’s finalists, Etoile du Sahel and Al Ahly, as well as the likes of Esperance, Zamalek, Club Africain and Sfaxien.
Although the tournament is for Africa as a whole, it is generally dominated by Egyptian and Tunisian teams with only 13 finalists hailing from other countries since the tournament’s inception in 1980. The last time this happened was in 2011 when Kenya Prisons finished as runners up to Al Ahly, although a good omen for the East African contingent may be that it was held in Cairo then too.
The tournament will begin on March 27th with the final taking place on April 5th.
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