Cameroon secure Semifinal berth after their second win against hosts Morocco
Cameroon celebrate the victory that qualify them to the semifinal

Cameroon celebrate the victory that qualify them to the semifinal

27 September 2011

 Tanger, Morocco, September 24, 2011- Cameroon became the first team to secure a semifinal berth at the 2011 Men’s African Nations Championship following their second victory in row over the hosts Morocco in the second day of the 2011 FIVB World Cup Qualifier held here at Tanger Sports Hall in Morocco on Saturday.

 With one match left in the first round, Egypt also achieved the second victory and become near a semifinal spot in Pool B. After Cameroon Moroocco plays TYunisia on Sunday in a decisive match for the second slot in Pool A, while Egypt (win- loss record 2-0) are practically nearer to the semis in Pool B with either Algeria or Congo Brazzaville (both 1-1).

Pool A

Cameroon beat Morocco 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18)

 Cameroon used their well known spike service to down Morocco 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18) in 84 minutes. Cameroon improved their win- loss record to 2-0 to secure the first semis slot of pool A, while Morocco dropped to 1-1.

 Cameroon started the match aggressively as they used their wing spikers Jean Ndaki in position 2 and Nathan Wounembaina in position 4 and thus they had a comfortable lead 8-5 at the first TTO. Cameroon blockers worked well there after to win the set widely 25-15. 

 Morocco improved their reception and backline defense in the second set and fought well to combat the strong Cameroonian attacks as they stayed near with the powerful spikes from the promising opposite Mohamed El Hachdadi and the outside attacker Zakaria Bairi, but Cameroon used the experience of Didier Sali and Wounembaina to win the set 25-22.

 Morocco fought back in the third set as they used the amazing support of their spectators to win the third set 25-23 after the setter Mustapha Taoufik used his combinations and served the quick attacks to Abdessamad Ben Bekkar and Mohssine Berdade. Morocco improved the score to 2-1 for Cameroon.

 Cameroon regained their concentration in the fourth set and they decreased their mistakes in reception and digging to lead throughout the set 8-4 and 16-12. Morocco struggled through some substitutions but Cameroon was more fit to win the set 25-18 and the match 3-1.

Tunisia beat Botswana 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-13)
 To be or not be was the slogan of Tunisia against Botswana after their defeat against Cameroon in the opening day as they succeeded 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-13) in only 55 minutes making the shortest game in the tournament.
 Tunisia improved their record to 1-1, while Botswana dropped to 0-2 to los the chance of qualification to the semifinal, while Tunisia had the chance to qualify in their third match against Morocco. 

 The Tunisian players decreased their mistakes and used their big gum Ismail Moalla and Hichem Kaabi to penetrate the Botsana defense. The Tunisian coach Fethi Mikaouar made some modifications in his line up to finish the job as fast as they can.

Pool B

Egypt beat Algeria 3-1 (25-21, 26-28, 29-27, 25-18)
 The brilliant setter Abdalla Ahmed guided Egypt to overcome their North African Neighbors Algeria 3-1 (25-21, 26-28, 29-27, 25-18) in a repeat of the last edition final. The magician performance of the setter led his colleague to use well the attacks at the critical time of each set to win the tight encounter in 103 minutes.

 Egypt improved their record to 2-0 to become near a semifinal ticket, but Algeria dropped to 1-1 and still have the chance of qualification to the semifinal when they meet South Africa in the third and last day of the first round.

 Algeria started the match as the better side as they used the mistakes done by the Egyptian players to lead 6-3. Algeria deployed their block against the Egyptian attacks through Amine Oumessad and Youcef Zerouki to reach the first TTO at 8-6. the Egyptian team started to develop their attacks after they improved the reception as the opposite Ahmed Salah and the wing spiker Mohamed Abdel Moniem sent their sharp spikes from all the net position to allow Egypt to lead 16-15 at the second TTO. Egypt overwhelmed the situation completely afterwards as they used the sharp spike service of Salah and the setter Abdalla Ahmed to win the set 25-21.

 The second set showed the Algerian team in a better performance specially the opposite Mehdi Hachemi who succeeded to penetrate the Egyptian block several times. The Egyptian team lost a lot of services that gave the lead to Algeria 8-6 at the first TTO and 16-13 at the second TTO. The Algerian setter Khaled Kessai started to conduct the quick attacks through the centers as Algeria stayed ahead till 24-21 when the Egyptian setter Abdalla came to serve 4 times to allow Egypt to lead 25-24. Algeria was more stable after to win the set 28-16 to draw 1-1.

 Again Algeria used the strong spike service of Ali Kerboua to proceed forwards in the third set aided by the spikes of Hachemi and Billel Soualem till they led 16-13 in the second technical timeout. Again the Egyptian duo of Abdalla and Salah succeeded to lead Egypt to win the crucial points of the set towards a difficult 29-27 finish.
 Egypt maintained the pressure in the fourth set through their tactical services to win the easiest set 25-18. 
Congo Brazzaville beat South Africa 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-14)
 Congo Brazzaville dominated the net action through their stars Gildas Kouehassazo, Dallet Kouka and Bervain Pele take on South Africa in straight sets (25-23, 28-26, 25-14) in 69 minutes. Congo improved their ratio to 1-1, while South Africa dropped to 0-2.

 Although the first and second sets were very tight but Congo players were dominant by the net through their disciplined combinations that put the South African team under pressure. Congo had wider lead in the third asset due to their high motivations while South African lost their moral to losr easily 25-14.

Results Day 2
Pool A

Tunisia v Botswana 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-13)
Cameroon v Morocco 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 23-25, 25-18)
Pool B

Egypt v Algeria 3-1 (25-21, 26-28, 29-27, 25-18)
Congo Brazzaville v South Africa 3-0 (25-23, 28-26, 25-14)

Day 2 Program on September 24

Pool A

Cameroon v Botswana

Tunisia v Morocco

Pool B

Algeria v South Africa

Congo Brazzaville v Egypt




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