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Ahmed Kadhi (TUN) spiking against block of Osaman and Moneim (EGY).
27 September 2011
Tangier, Morocco, September 27, 2011 – Unbeaten Egypt and Cameroon booked final tickets in the 2011 Men’s African Nations Championship in Tangier, Morocco on Tuesday as the qualifying tournament to for the FIVB Men’s World Cup comes to the end stage. Five times African champions Egypt outlasted Tunisia 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) in 71 minutes, while the 2011 gold medalists and the two times African champions Cameroon flew past Algeria in a thriller five set match (25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12).
Egypt and Cameroon will meet in the final of the tournament on Thursday to determine the African representative in the prestigious World Cup set to take place in Japan from November 20 to December 4. The eventual champions will move onto the Olympic qualifying event, with the top three from there earning a berth at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Meanwhile, Algeria will line up against Tunisia for the bronze medal. Wednesday will feature the ranking 5 to 8 matches as hosts Morocco combat Congo Brazzaville for the 5th place match, while Botswana meets South Africa for the last two positions in the standings.
The Semifinal matches were attended by FIVB President Jizhong Wei who arrived to Morocco early on Tuesday, CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani, CAVB Vice President Majore Timba, CAVB Board members Abdelhadi Ghzali, Mrs Touria Aarab, Mory Kieta and Hassan Ahmed referee delegate Djouad Barada, Local Organizing Committee President Lacene Chater and most of Morocco Volleyball Federation board members.
The competition served to add two new international referees to the African list as both Khalid Bensaid and Hamid Ait Lemoudeh from Morocco finished their matches as candidate internationals.
Cameroon beat Algeria 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12)
Cameroon rebounded late and saved the fourth set to down Algeria in a fantastic Marathon of five sets 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12) in 109 minutes. After a stunning start for Cameroon in the first set, Algeria came back to win two successive sets and was near a 3-1 win when they fell into a lot of mistalkes that allowed Cameroon to extend the match to tiebreak which was a spatiality for Cameroon as they exceeded this Marathon in 4 out of their last 6 matches.
Cameroon team started the match with a group of spikes from Jean Ndaki and Nathan Wounembaina to lead 6-2, but Algeria arranged their block and defense to reach the first TTO at a closer margin 8-7 for Cameroon. After the break Algeria draw 8-8, but quickly Cameroon players regained the rhythm to widely lead 16-10 at the second TTO after they deployed their proper block against the key Algerian attackers.
Algeria started the second set in a completely different performance as they used the quick attacks to disturb Cameroon team. They also used the spike service as a weapon to put a pressure upon Cameroon players in reception to lead 8-5 at the FTT. Cameroon players committed also a lot of mistakes that allowed Algeria to go through towards a win 25-19 to draw 1-1.
Again Cameroon returned back in the third set using the combinations of the setter Ahmed Mbutgam to lead 7-4 before Algeria decreased the point deficit ahead of the first TTO to 8-7. Algeria fought well in defense and they build up the attacks through the opposite Toufik Mahdjoubi and the outside hitters Rakik Hassissene and Ali Kerboua to lead 16-11 at the second TTO. Cameroon coach made many substitutions to resolve the problems in reception and blocking but the Algerians were fit enough to win the set 25-19 and lead 2-1.
Cameroon regained their concentration in the fourth set as the standing players led by Ndaki spiked well from all the net position in their way to reach 8-4 at the first TTO. Algeria rebounded quickly when Ali Kerboua played 5 successive services that reversed the situation for Algeria 9-8 after they scored 5 points in row. Again Cameroon blocker Zamguim Nongny succeeded to save a lot of points in the way for Cameroon lead 16-12 at the second TTO. The fight at the court became exciting with both teams doing their best in defense till Cameroon won 25-21 to draw 2-2 and extend the match to tiebreak.
Cameroon became specialists in the tiebreak as they were more stable in defense and reception and as usual they used their big gum Ndaki to score the crucial points towards 15-12 victory
Egypt beat Tunisia 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20)
Egypt crushed Tunisia in a classic African Derby 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20) in 71 minutes completely overwhelmed by the Egyptians. The Egyptian superb duo of Abdalla Ahmed and Ahmed Salah were the key factor of the victory with their sharp services that disturbed all the Tunisian tactics.
Egypt started the match with a very high performance as they used their razor sharp service of Ahmed Salah and Abdalla Ahmed to lead 8-6 at the FTT. Tunisia improved their reception for a while when they started to using their opposite attacker Hichem Kaabi to stay near till 11-10, but Ahmed Salah came to serve 5 consequent services to bring Egypt ahead 16-10. The Tunisian players disturbed in the court as the Egyptian team started to use the quick attacks through the middle blocker Abdelatif Osman and Rashad Shebl as Egypt went to a comfortable victory 25-17.
The second set started by arranged Tunisian line up as they succeeded to stay near till Egypt led 8-6 at the first TTO. Again the reception was the main problem in the Tunisian team as they couldn’t develop the attacks. Egypt again used the unstoppable hits of Salah and Moneim to finish the gob as fast as possible 25-17.
The Egyptian team became highly motivated, while Tunisian players continued their mistakes in reception allowing Egypt to lead 8-2 at the first TTO and then 10-3. Tunisia played their best to save the match as their veteran star Noureddine Hfaied and Kaabi sent their spikes in the suitable places aided by the improved block of Ahmed Kadhi and Benhassine to close the gap gradually till they draw for the first time 14-14 after several mistakes from the Egyptian players in reception. Egypt regained their potency to win the set 25-20 and the match in straight 3-0.
Play off 5-8 places
Morocco beat South Africa 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-14)
With there tight block and better spiking combinations Morocco took on South Africa in straight sets 25-19, 25-21, 25-14 in 62 minutes. Now the host Morocco will fight for the 5 and 6 places, while South Africa compete fro the 7 and 8 standings.
Morocco started with their main line up and succeeded to win the first set through their proper blocking activity from Mohssine Berdade and Kamal Ouali. In the second set the Moroccan coach started to replace some players including the captain Zakaria Bairi,but the young substitutes performed well to win both the second set. The third sets showed complete Moroccan dominance through the arrangement of the combinations as the opposite Youssef Oughlaf did well to lead his team to win the set widely 25-14.
The Argentinean coach of Morocco Pablo Grecco was happy to win the match in the way to win the fifth position which is fairly good in his opinion. “I’m happy to win this match because it was important after we missed the top 4. I think now we have built up a new team for future.”He added.
Congo Brazzaville beat Botswana 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18)
The dark horses of the competition Congo Brazzaville played with high organization to beat Botswana 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) in 72 minutes. Congo players dominate the net action through their efficient centers Dallet Kouka and Bervain Pele and succeeded through their strong opposite Gildas Kouehassazo to penetrate Botswana defense. Botswana team performed less than all their matches in the first round to lose the match easier than expected.
Congo now meets Morocco for the fifth position, while Botswana plays South Africa for the seventh and eighth places.
Cameroon v Algeria 3-2 (25-16, 19-25, 19-25, 25-21, 15-12)
Egypt v Tunisia 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-20)
Play off 5-8
Morocco v South Africa 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-14)
Congo Brazzaville v Botswana 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18)
Ranking 5-8 places on Wednesday September 28, 2011
5-6 places: Morocco v Congo Brazzaville
7-8 places: South Africa v Botswana
Final and Bronze medal on Thursday September 29, 2011
Final: Cameroon v Egypt