Morocco and Rwanda Join Egypt and Tunisia to Men's Junior World Championship

7 March 2013

Tunis, Tunisia, March 5, 2013- Morocco and dark horses Rwanda joined the already qualified Tunisia and Egypt to the semifinal of 2013 Men's Junior African Nations Championship held at Sidi Boussaid hall in Tunis, Tunisia following their crucial victories against RD Congo and Algeria at the fifth and final day of the preliminary round.


 The qualification to semis means that Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco and Rwanda will represent Africa at the upcoming FIVB World Championship to be held in Turkey later this year.


 The fifth day featured 4 strong matches where Tunisia continued their winning streak against Congo Brazzaville 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-9) to finish their matches in Pool A with 4 consecutive wins and finish the first round without dropping a set. Congo dropped 1-3 to finish pool A at the fourth position.


 "We can say now that this African Championship is the strongest in the history of this age category," Tunisia coach Fathy Mekaouar said. "I'm happy with the performance of Malek Chekir frm my team beside a lot of players from the top teams like Egypt, Morocco and Rwanda. We are now looking frwards to prepare very well for the World Championship in Turkey."


 Dark horses Rwanda surprised the audience with a ground breaking victory over the favourites Algeria 3-1 (25-16. 25-13, 16-25, 25-21) in 90 minutes of thrilling performance specially from the winners who were highly motivated to earn the World Championship qualification.


 Rwanda finished second of pool A with 3-1 record, while Algeria dropped to 2-2 to finish third


"This is a great moment for the Rwandan Volleyball and the junior team as they follow the footsteps of the Rwandan Youth team who already qualified to the World championship earlier in February during the African Championship in Algeria," Rwanda Coach Paul Bitok said after the match. "We want now to congratulate our federation and the local authorities for their support to bring these dreams to truth."


 Egypt follow the footsteps of their compatriots Tunisia and finished Pool B matches in the full record 4-0 after they topped Libya 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18) in their last match.


The Egyptian coach Gaber Abdel Aty used most of his players in the match before the more difficult campaign in the finals.


 "Now the World Championship will be another issue as we have to work better for the elite event," Abdel Aty said. "I want to thank the Ahmed Said for his performance although he was the last to be selected to the team and also we can't forget the role of the setter Hussein Ali."  


 Morocco secured the World Championship ticket following their win against RD Congo 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-23) in 78 minutes. Morocco improved their win- loss record to 3-1 to finish second of the pool. RD Congo dropped to 1-3 to finish fourth.


 "Now the World Championship ticket is no more a dream," Says Morocco coach Bouchdouk. "I'm happy to bring the dream to reality with this group of excellent players," he added.




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