Tunisia returned to top African Volleyball from the wide window
25 January 2012
Cairo, Egypt, January 23, 2012- After 8 years of absence from the top African level, Tunisia volleyball returned back to the leadership of the continent after their Men’s Volleyball team won the African Olympic Qualification tournament in Yaoundé, Cameroon last weekend to secure a ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Tunisia have become the first team to qualify from the continental tournaments after three team secured their tickets early during the 2011 FIVB World Cup in Japan Russia, Poland and Brazil which are added to the host England.
The new achievement comes 8 years after the last time they topped the African Podium in Athens 2004 Olympic qualification when they represented Africa. Afterwards Tunisia left the continental leadership to their arch rivals Egypt who went into a series of 4 successive continental Championships in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011 and in between they were the African representative in Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
The Tunisian team showed a lot of advance during the qualifications compared with their performance at the last African Nations championship in Morocco September 2011 where they finished third with more harmony between the experienced stars like the wing spiker Noureddine Hfaiedh “38 y” and center Billel Ben Hasine and the upcoming players from the junior teams like Elyes Karamosly and Marouen Garci.
The Tunisian players have got a lot of motivations after they took over the African champions Egypt 3-1 in the opening match and then they continued the same pace to win Algeria, Ghana and then the host Cameroon in the final day in front of their excited supporters.
“Now Tunisia is starting to build up a new generation for the Olympic and the coming seasons as we had to get the benefit of developing a lot of youth and junior teams who win the African championships in the last few years,” said Tunisia coach Fethi Mkaouer after his team qualified to top event in the world. “I think now we have to work harder to achieve good results in London.
Tunisia is considered one of the top volleyball schools in Africa as they have the record of continental titles “8 championships” as well as the record of Olympic Games qualifications as they play in this prestigious event for the sixth time in their history after Munich 1972, Los Angeles 1984, Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Athens 2004.