Tunisia and Egypt through to final

8 March 2013

Tunis, Tunisia, March 8, 2013- Defending champions Tunisia and Egypt qualified to the final of the 2013 Men's Junior African Nations Championship following their victories in the semifinal matches against Morocco and Rwanda respectively held at Sidi Boussaid hall in Tunis, Tunisia on Friday.


 Tunisia overpowered Morocco 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) in 68 minutes, while Egypt fought aggressively to overcome the highly motivated Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) in 67 minutes.


 Now Tunisia plays Egypt on Saturday in the final where Tunisia is seeking their 9th title, while Egypt is battling for the third. Rwanda faces Morocco in the third and fourth.


 Both Egypt and Tunisia qualified to the final without dropping a set in five matches.


 Tunisia, Egypt, Rwanda and Morocco have already secured the four African vacancies at the FIVB World Championship to be held in Turkey.


 In the Play off 5 to 8 positions Libya overwhelmed Congo Brazzaville 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16), while Algeria took over RD Congo 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23).


 Algeria meets Libya for the fifth and sixth positions, while RD Congo plays their neighbours Congo Brazzaville for the seventh and eighth standings.  


 CC President Touria Aarab celebrated the World Women day with all the participating females in the competition including the referees, officials and supporters. She gave a flower to each female inside the hall.


Semifinal 1-4

 Tunisia 12th consecutive final after they hammered Morocco 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-13) in 68 minutes leaving Morocco to play for the bronze medal.


 Tunisia started the match as the more disciplined side, so they could penetrate the Moroccan block. Tunisia used the centers Mohamed Brahim and Elyes Garfi to attack through position 3 beside their clear role in blocking. Tunisia led 8-4 and 16-11 at the TTO and succeeded through the spikes of Malek Chekir to win the set widely 25-17.


 Morocco started the second set in a better performance and succeeded to lead frequently after good spikes from Brahim Ameur and Zouhir El Garoui, but quickly Tunisia regained the rhythm to win the tight set 25-22.   


 Tunisia controlled the match completely in the third set and succeeded to win easily 25-13 to win the match in straight.


 Egypt used the strong spike services from most of the players to clinch a straight sets victory over the fighting Rwanda team (25-18, 25-19, 25-21) in 67 minutes. The victory means Egypt qualifies to the final leaving Rwanda to play for the Bronze medal


 Egypt started the match using the quick attacks through the centers Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Maher and thus they led 8-4 and 16-9 at the TTO. Rwanda came to the match late and tried to use the skillful setting through Bonny Mutabazi but Egypt deployed their solid block to win the set 25-18.


 The second set was a service fighting as both teams recorded a lot of points through the ace services from the opposite spiker Ahmed Said (Egypt) and the setter Mutabazi (Rwanda), but Egypt was more stable in reception and backline defence, so they advance at the end of the set 25-19.


 Rwanda fought aggressively in the third set to save the match as they arranged their block through Alfred Muvumyi and Fred Musoni and succeeded to stay near throughout the set till 15-15. Egypt then started to use the strong hits sent from position 2 through Ahmed Said to win the set 25-21 and the match in straight sets.   


 "The victory comes due to the efforts done by all the players and technical staff as we were preparing well to qualify to the final," Egypt coach Gaber Abdel Aty. "We have to concentrate now on the final to win the trophy and then we will have time to prepare well for the World Championship."


Play off 5-8

Algeria had to fight for 100 minutes to obtain a difficult victory over RD Congo 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23). Algeria started the match in their highest performance and used the spikes from the wing to win the first set. When RD Congo improved their defence they could move forwards and win the second set. they were very near during the third and fourth sets but the Algerian team took the matter seriously to win both sets and the match 3-1.


 Libya trounced Congo Brazzaville 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16) in an exciting match that showed the best performance for the new comers Congo in the tournament. After a fantastic first set won by Congo, Libya rebounded to win three successive sets to play for the 5 and 6 rankings.   


9-10 position

 South Africa achieved the lone victory in the competition against Sierra Leone 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21) to pick the ninth position leaving the tenth and last position for the Sierra Leone. South Africa led the match through their better attacks through position 4 as well as the solid blocks.


Semifinal and Play off Results

Semifinal 1-4

Egypt v Rwanda 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-21)

Tunisia v Morocco 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-13)

Play off 5-8

Libya v Congo Brazzaville 3-1 (24-26, 25-20, 25-17, 25-16)

Algeria v RD Congo 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-17, 25-23)

Ranking 9 and 10

South Africa v Sierra Leone 3-0 (25-16, 25-15, 25-21)




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