Seven time African queens Kenya Pipeline got their continental quest underway with a convincing three straight sets victory over 2017 finalists and hosts El Shams of Egypt Tuesday night in Cairo.
The reigning national champions who are seeking to reinvent themselves after a dismal performance in the recent outings won the first set 25-23.
Led by veteran setter Janet Wanja, captain Trizah Atuka, Noel Murambi and ‘Libero’ Agripina Kundu, pipeline went on to bag the second set 25-22.
A resilient El Shams fought hard in the third set but lost 25-21 to hand the Kenyan champions their first win in the continental showpiece.
In other matches, Uganda’s Nkumba University lost by three straight sets to hosts and record holders Al Ahly, while Asec Mimosa of Ivory Coast humbled Douanes of Burkina Faso by three sets to one.
Kenya Pipeline will face Vision of Uganda Thursday in their second encounter while their perennial rivals and country counterparts Kenya Prisons will be up against Customs of Nigeria Wednesday in their opening match.