Tunisia continue golden reign with ninth African crown - Final

10 March 2013

Tunis, Tunisia, March 9, 2013- Tunisia captured their third consecutive African title and the ninth in total after defeating their arch rivals, Egypt 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21) in the final of the 2013 Men's Junior African Nations Championship held at Sidi Boussaid hall in Tunis, Tunisia on Saturday.


 Tunisia is now improving their Continental record at this age category as they gained 9 titles in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2013, ahead of both Egypt and Algeria (2) titles and Morocco (1).


  Rwanda earned their best ever ranking and won the bronze medal after hammering Morocco 3-0 (27-25, 27-25, 25-21) in the bronze medal match. The best finish for the Rwandans before was the fourth position in the last competition in Libya 2010.


 Algeria finished fifth defeating Libya 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-18), and RD Congo ended their campaign as seventh following the victory over their neighbours 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21).


 After the match the Control Committee led by Touria Aarab with Kalala, Hassan Ahmed and Howyda Mondy gave the cup to the winners accompanied with the Local Organizing Committee President Munir Benslimane and the representative of the Ministry of Youth.   


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



 Tunisia continued their golden era and won their ninth title at this age category after they took over their rivals Egypt 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21) in 96 minutes.

 Tunisia used the strong spike service to disturb the Egyptian defence and succeeded to lead 8-5 at the first TTO. Tunisia used the disturbed state of Egyptian backline defence to widen the point deficit to 16-9 at the second TTO. Tunisian block led by Brahim Mohamed and Elyes Garfi was very solid to penetrate and thus Tunisia went easily to 24-13. Egypt rebounded and scored 4successive points before Tunisia won the set 25-17 in 23 minutes.  


 In the second set Tunisia continued their attacking rhythm through Ousama Mrika and Malek Chekir to advance 8-6. Egypt played their best as Mohamed Adel blocked well and used the proper reception to build up the attacks through the opposite Ahmed Said and the wing spiker Islam Abelsamie to lead for the first time at TTO 16-13. Tunisia made it tight again after they drew 16-16, 20-20 and 22-22 before Egypt scored three successive points to win 25-22.


 Egypt started the second set with the same inertia and succeeded to lead 8-6 at the FTT due to the proper service and powerful attacks through Said and Islam from the wings and Adel from the center. Tunisia started to arrange their block when Egyptian players committed a lot of mistakes allowing Tunisia to lead 16-13 and then 19-14 forcing Egypt coach to call timeout.


 The fourth set showed Egypt regaining their dominance through the proper reception and concentrated attack to lead 8-6 and 13-11 before again Tunisia rebounded through their blocker Garfi to draw 15-15 before leading 16-15 at second TTO.  Tunisia aided by their spectators succeeded to win the set 25-19 and the match 3-1.


 Bronze medal

 Rwanda earned their first ever medal in their history of indoor volleyball following their win against Morocco 3-0 (27-25, 27-25, 25-21) in 88 minutes. 


 The first set was very competitive as both teams went point by point till they drew 24-24 and finally Rwanda came on time to win the crucial points and win the set 27-25.


 Morocco started the second set with proper blocking against the Rwandan attacks from the wings of the net so they advance frequently till 13-9 when the Rwandan team started to build up the attacks through the efficient spiker Aimable Mutuyimana who bring back the draw 15-15. The Moroccan players committed several mistakes that allowed the Rwandan team to win in the same score 27-25.     


 Morocco had early activity to win the set in order to save the match, but quickly Rwanda regained their rhythm and succeeded to improve their defence and block to regain the lead and win the set 25-21 and win the match 3-0.


 "I rested the main players in the semifinal match against Egypt because it was difficult to beat them and also to concentrate on the third place and that is what we succeeded," Rwanda coach Bitok said. "I want to thank the Ministry of Sport in Rwanda for their support to the young generations. I thank also CAVB for their work to increase the African vacancies to 4 instead of 2 in the World Championships."


5th position match

 Algeria clinched the 5th position after their straight sets victory against the fighting Libyan team 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-18) after a thrilling encounter lasting 69 minutes. Algeria who has two titles to their name ended the competition at the 5th position while Libya is sixth.


7th position

 RD Congo fought well against their neighbours Congo Brazzaville to win 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21) due to the efforts of their efficient spikers Masako Shesha and Banza Mboyi who sent their sharp spikes from all directions. The match lasting 70 minutes showed a lot of fighting but RD Congo was more stable to win. 


Individual prizes

MVP: no 14 Malek Chekir (Tunisia)

Beat Server: no 13 Mohamed Brahim (Tunisia)

Best Reception: no 6 Reda Abdelmagid (Egypt)

Best Setter: no 2 Amine Zayani (Morocco)

Best Attacker: no 2 Aimable Mutuyimana (Rwanda)

Best Blocker: no 17 Mohamed Adel (Egypt)

Best Libero: no 16 Tayeb Korbosli (Tunisia)


Final Results


Egypt v Tunisia 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21)

Bronze medal

Rwanda v Morocco 3-0 (27-25, 27-25, 25-21)

5 and 6 positions

Algeria v Libya 3-0 (26-24, 25-21, 25-18)

7 and 8 positions

RD Congo v Congo Brazzaville 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-21)

Ranking 9 and 10 on Friday

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


Final Standings

1.      Tunisia

2.      Egypt

3.      Rwanda

4.      Morocco

5.      Algeria

6.      Libya

7.      RD Congo

8.      Congo Brazzaville

9.      South Africa

10.  Sierra Leone





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