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5 May 2014
Cairo, Egypt, May 1, 2014- With 4 African club championships' trophy under their name, Tunisia's Esperance seek another glory when they represent Africa in the 2014 FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship due to start in Belo Horizonte, Brazil May 5 to 11, 2014.
The Tunisian champions who lost the 2013-2014 local league to their compatriots Etoile du Sahel last week after losing the two final matches 3-1 are now looking forwards to set a new era through the participation in the World Championship.
Esperance earned a ticket to the World Championship by claiming the 2014 Men's African Club Championship title in Sousse, Tunisia with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-14) victory over record holders Ahly of Egypt in the competition final at Olympic Hall in Sousse on March 29. The African champions won their 8 matches in the continental championship and dropped only 3 sets throughout their campaign to earn the African trophy.
Esperance is considered one of the most famous volleyball clubs in Tunisia as the multi sports club is the most popular in the North African country. After being away from the continental Awards for 14 years, Esperance won the African title early this year with a star studded team that include 8 national team stars.
The popular Tunisian team earned the African title 4 times in 1994, 1998, 2000 and 2014 beside 20 local titles.
Setter Mahdi Ben Cheikh, middle blocker Bilel Ben Hassine, Opposite spiker Hichem Kaabi and outside hitter Elyes Karamosli are some of the National team stars who will play in the 2014 FIVB World League later in June plus Russian Alexander Sorokoletov.
This will be the second time a team from Tunisia participates in the Men’s Club World Championship since the tournament resumed in 2009. Sfax took part in last year’s tournament, which was also held in Brazil.
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