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8 March 2013
Tunis, Tunisia, March 7, 2013- Coaches of the semifinal teams in the 2013 Men's Junior (U 21) African Nations Championship are optimistic to achieve more progress in the semifinal matches on Friday. heavy favourites Egypt meets dark horses Rwanda in the first semifinal at 1600 pm local time, while host and defending champions Tunisia faces the upcoming Morocco at 1800.
Coaches of the four teams had to search for new incentives to motivate their players to compete for the trophy after they have already achieved the first objectives and secured the four African tickets to the FIVB Men's Junior World Championship to be held Turkey this summer.
Tunisian coach Fathy Mekaouar enhances his players to promote their record in this competition being the top African country in terms of number of trophies (8 titles).
"This team is well prepared since last year and now we are looking forwards to clinch the trophy as the previous team two years ago in Libya. I put my trust in Malek Chekir whom I considered the best player in this competition. I consider the four teams qualified to the semis are the best, but we need the support of our spectators to win. We have to take care of our opponent Morocco today because any surprise can happen.
Egypt's Coach Gaber Abdel Aty arranged his team for the difficult match against Rwanda by showing the players the scouting of the opponent done by the technical staff.
"We are putting our confidence in Hussein Ali who was added to the team only few days before departure and also the setter Mohamed Adel. I'm happy with the performance in the first round but we need more in the semifinal."
Rwanda's coach Paul Bitok is thinking to defeat Egypt and qualify to the final to become the first ever coach to achieve this in any Rwandan team in the history.
"We have to work hard and I need my players to keep the same motivation like the match against Algeria in the last match. I think the qualification to final need a lot of concentration against strong team like Egypt,"
Morocco's coach Brahim Bouchdouk was thinking the dream of qualifying to final has become a reality. "We need to continue our dreams and win the trophy for the second time after 2004. We have now a good team that can achieve a lot in future for the senior team.
Tunisia has 8 titles out of 14 followed by Egypt (3), Algeria (2) and Morocco (1) in the history of the competition that started in 1984.