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11 February 2014
Nairobi, Kwnya, February 10, 2014- Egypt Men's volleyball team claimed one of the three tickets reserved for Africa in the 2014 FIVB World Championships that would be held in Poland in August 30 to September 21.
The African champions defeated Cape Verde 3-0 ( 25-14, 25-14, 25-16) to complete the qualification Pool “U” tournament played at Safaricom Indoor Arena in Nairobi on clean sheet with four victories.
Egypt achieved their first victory of the tournament after beating Kenya 3-1 (25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20) and went on to beat Zambia 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-15) before recording their third win of the tournament with 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-9) victory against Botswana.
Egypt captain Saleh Youssef said: “The tournament was favourable on our side and we expected to qualify for the World Championships.”
In the match between Egypt and Cape Verde, the victors gained the first three points including service ace from Youssef Hossam to lead 3-0 before Cape Verde brought the scores to 5-2. Egypt raced to 8-4 advantage at the first technical first out that lasted under five minutes.
Egypt with great service from Mohammed El Hussein were up 16-8 at the second break before claiming the set 25-14.
In the second set, Egypt improved their service through jump floater Elkotb Ahmed and managed to utilize on Cape Verde’s leaking defense to score quick points.
Egypt then went up 8-2 in the first technical time out before taking 16-11 lead at the next break.
Egypt continued to gain more points on their powerful service that proved too hard for Cape Verde to receive.The second set ended in 25-14 victory for Egypt.
The third set saw Cape Verde improve their blocks with help of towering captain Reis Vadir (200cm) and Paulo Fernandez to score important points, But Egypt continued to dominate the set and open a huge gap at 21-12 before reaching set point at 25-16.
The remaining two slots would be filled after other two qualification tournaments to be held in Cameroon and Tunisia.
Cameroon will organize the men’s Pool “T” on February 12-18, with the participation of Algeria, Nigeria, Rwanda and Gabon besides the hosts.
Tunisia will host the Pool “V” in which they will battle it out against Seychelles, Congo Brazzaville, Senegal and Niger for a ticket to the worlds.
The women’s contest for the Italy’s 2014 World Championships start in Kenya as Nairobi welcomes Seychelles, Uganda, Tunisia, Senegal, Mozambique and Cape Verde in Pool “U” from February 16 to 23.
The conclusion of Kenya’s tournament would pave way for the next qualification round that would see Algeria host Botswana, Ghana, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Egypt in Pool “T” from February 23 to March 2.
Africa would be represented by two women’s teams in the World Championships to be held in Italy later this year.
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