Egypt and Algeria opening day victorious
26 March 2013
Cairo, Egypt, March 25, 2013- Host Egypt and heavy favourites Algeria came out victorious on the opening day of the 2013 Girls Youth (U 18) African Nations championship after their win against Tunisia and Rwanda respectively at the Army club Hall in Cairo, Egypt on Monday,
Egypt crashed Tunisia in straight sets (25-13, 25-16, 25-16) in 64 minutes while Algeria regained their rhythm to overcome Rwanda 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 15-25, 25-19) in a tough encounter lasting 91 minutes.
The competition was opened in presence of CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani, CC President and CAVB Vice President Idriss Dokony, Olympic Committee representative Alaa Gabr, Referee Delegate Abdelmajeed Djirad, SOC Delegate Jappie Mango, Egyptian Volleyball Federation President Ali El Sergani, Local Organizing Committee President Abdel Hamid Elwassimy and CAVB Technical Director Howyda Mondy.
Algeria had to fight hardly to flow past dark horses Rwanda 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 15-25, 25-19). After the Algerians went to 2-0 easily, Rwanda came up aggressively after improving their defence as well as the spike service and won the third set and were leading also in the fourth set before the spiker Yasmine Abdelrahim led her team to win the set and the match 3-1.
"We owe to our spiker Yasmine Abdelrahim to achieve this victory," Algeria coach Kamel Rabia said after the match.
"We didn't prepare well as we played only few friendly matches against the Junior team who qualified early to the World Championship last week in Nigeria. I thank my players for returning back to the match on time during the fourth set."
Rwanda coach Paul Bitok referred the defeat to the lack of experience and the weak reception which deprived the team from using their attacking strategy. "We played well in the third set and were leading in the fourth set before losing narrowly at the end. We have now to concentrate on the two remaining matches against Egypt and Tunisia to qualify to the World Championship." He added.
On the other hand Egypt Gils' team surprised their neighbours Tunisia with the efficient spike services as well as the tight block to win the one side game 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-16), The Egyptian girls started the match aggressively through the strong spike service along with the block of Haidi Kandiel and Aya Khalid. The Tunisian players were disturbed and couldn't come back to the match.
The competition will be resumed on Tuesday with two matches where Algeria meets Tunisia in another North African Derby at 1600 local time before Egypt