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13 March 2013
Cairo, Egypt, March 13- 2013- In Tunisia during the Men's Junior African Nations Championship it was a chance for the young Egyptian Ahmed Said to shine and show himself as a promising star for his team and country. The Egyptian opposite did his utmost during the competition to lead his team to qualify to the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship as a runner up of the competition.
It was his first experience with the international volleyball after he was called suddenly to the national U 21 team by the head coach Gaber Abdel Aty, just 3 month before the competition to fulfill his need in the position of the opposite spiker.
Said was a libero since he started volleyball when he was only 12 years. Most of the coaches advised him to play in libero position being less than 185 cm, but after he was 17y he decided to shift as opposite spiker.
"I was shorter than my other colleagues since I started playing volleyball when I was in the mini volley team. My coaches advised me to play as Libero as it was the most suitable position to me," Ahmed Said remembered.
"I got great benefits from playing as libero for many years, but mainly I have been well trained to receive and dig the ball better than any spiker. My coach in Sharkia Club asked me one day to play as outside hitter to replace an injured player, I remember that day till now. I played my best volleyball match and since then I decided to leave the libero finally and concentrate on my new position."
Said had to perform a lot of training in Gym to improve his fitness and jump to be able to do the new job.
"I was training more than my colleagues. Everyday after the training session, I go alone for jumping training to improve my performance as a spiker. My coach was happy to see me jumping better than the taller players and it was a great push to me. I played to the first team of my club and this gave me a lot of experience," he added.
During the preparation for the Junior U21 African Championship, he was surprised to be called for the first time for the national team to join them at the African camps in Tunisia.
"It was a great emotion to me to be selected to the National team and thus I insisted to do my best to be an engine to the team not only a member."
In Tunisia he was one of the most prominent stars in the team and he was usually called the MVP of most of the matches till his team secured the World Championship ticket.
"Although we lost to Tunisia in the final of the African championship, I feel happy to qualify to the World Championship and I know we had a lot of work to do for that."
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