Cameroon beat Kenya in five sets to retain their title in Egypt ©CAVB

Cameroon battled to a five-set win over Kenya to retain their title at the Women's African Volleyball Championship in Egypt.

The defending champions earned a hard-fought 25-17, 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 16-14 victory over Kenya in the final at October 6 Hall in Giza.

The triumph handed Cameroon, who beat Kenya at the same stage in 2017, a second consecutive continental crown.

Cameroon were congratulated after their victory by the country's President Paul Biya, who claimed the team were the "pride of Cameroon" in a post on Twitter.

"Together, we are champions," Biya added.

Defeat for Kenya ended their hopes of a record-extending 10th title.

They were never ahead in the match as Cameroon took the opening set and went 2-1 in front after Kenya had levelled by taking the second.

Kenya hit back in the fourth to send the final to a decider but Cameroon were too strong as they held on to secure back-to-back titles.

"They are champions again and we are proud of you," said Cameroon's Minster of Sports and Physical Education Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.

The bronze medal was earned by Senegal, who upset hosts Egypt with a 25-17, 25-17, 14-25, 28-26 win.