Tunisia clinch the Olympic ticket to London 2012

21 January 2012

Day 5 and final  Yaoundé, Cameroon, January 21, 2012- Tunisia men’s volleyball team secured a ticket to 2012 London Olympic Games after the efficiently won the African Olympic Qualification tournament after winning all their matches, the last was against the hosts Cameroon 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21) in the fifth and final day at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Yaoundé, Cameroon on Saturday in front of full house attendance of 4000 spectators. 
 With the victory, Tunisia will represent the African continent in the prestigious Olympic Games for the sixth time after Munich 1972, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and  Athens 2004.
 The final day showed also Algeria achieving their first and only victory over the winless Ghana 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18). 
 Tunisia top the 5 nation tournament in the final day with a win- loss ratio of 4-0 followed by Egypt second (3-1), Cameroon third (2-2), Algeria fourth (1-3) and Ghana at the bottom of the table (0-4). 
 
 Tunisia beat Cameroon 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21)
 Tunisia rebounded back after losing the first set to win three successive sets in their way to see off the hosts Cameroon 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21). Both teams started very consistent with Cameroon becoming ahead 8-5 and 12-16 at technical timeouts till they won the set 25-21. In the second set won Tunisia imposed their rhythm leading 8-4 and 16-13 till winning the set 25-20. The same rule is observed in the third set won by Tunisia 25-23. In the fourth set the Cameroonians lost 25-21 after great fought but Tunisia was there with their tight block and disciplined defense. 
 Cameroon coach Peter Nonnenbroich stated that Tunisia was in their best performance. He praised the determination of his players who were willing to be second to play the World Olympic qualifications. “Cameroon is preparing for upcoming competitions and it was a chance here to prepare for future.” He added 
 The Tunisian coach Fethi Mkaouer said he was admiring the Fair Play of Cameroon team. He acknowledged that Cameroon have a sense of hospitality. “Despite the observed errors in the match against Egypt, they remained dignified.” He concluded. 
 
 
Algeria beat Ghana 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18)
 Algeria recorded their only victory in the tournament against Ghana in straight sets 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18). Although the Algerian players were depressed after losing against the big three Cameroon, Tunisia and Egypt, they succeeded to dominate their match against Ghana to finish fourth. 
 
Match Schedule and results 
Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 :
 - 1600 h : TUN v EGY 3-1 (25-23, 16-25, 29-27, 25-23)
 - 1800 h : CMR v GHA 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 25-12)
Wednesday, January 18th, 2012:
 - 1600 h : GHA v EGY 0-3 (21-25, 8-25, 17-25)
 - 1800 h : ALG v CMR 2-3 (24-26, 25-19, 22-25, 27-25, 18-20)
Thursday, January 19th, 2012:
 - 1600 h : EGY v ALG 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 26-24)
 - 1800 h : TUN v GHA 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-21)
Friday, January 20th, 2012 :
 - 1600 h : TUN v ALG 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-21
 - 1800 h : EGY v CMR 3-2 (27-25, 23-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-7) 
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 :
 - 1400 h : ALG v GHA 3-0 (25-15, 25-19, 25-18)
 - 1800 h : TUN v CMR 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21)



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