Sunday,19 August, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1302, (30 June - 13 July 2016)
Sunday,19 August, 2018
Issue 1302, (30 June - 13 July 2016)

Ahram Weekly

Turkey slammed

Egypt’s national volleyball team came back from a 0-1 deficit to beat Turkey 3-1 in the World League Championship currently being held in Egypt, reports Abeer Anwar

Al-Ahram Weekly

On Sunday night, Ahmed El-Kotb was the  keyword to success as he was able to claim 29 points to his name as Egypt defeated Turkey 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 31-29).

Egypt crushed Turkey 3-1 teaching them a harsh lesson. It was the first defeat in six matches for the Turks in the 2016 World League. The first set finished in Turkey’s favour as they were able to win 25-23.The Turkish thought that the Pharaohs are an easy prey similar to all their previous opponents but to the contrary they were able to win the following three sets 25-18,25-23 and 15-11.

Nehad Shehaata, coach of  the Egyptian volleyball team said that Turkey was a very good and strong team. “ They won all their matches. The encounter was difficult and we studied everything about them. All my players were heroes and they proved that there is no difference between the first row and the second row. I am very proud of all them,  I hope to win the coming three matches to reach the final in Portugal”. He said

On the other hand, Emanuelle Zanini, Turkey’s coach explained,”  First of all I congratulate the Egyptian team for the win and they played amazing this evening. We were surprised with the power of serves and continuity. In the fourth set they continued to push serves with little mistakes   and this is the key of the match. We were confident before the match that we could win the match and we played a good match, maybe the best match we played in this level. I think my team can improve even if it lost, yes I am not happy for losing, but  we know what we need to do in the future.

The Egyptian giants prevailed 3-2 (25-22, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-9) over Japan with Mohamed Abdu claiming 19 points in the process. It was Egypt’s first win on home soil after losing to Finland 3-0 in its first match in the World League Championship’s second phase played in Cairo.

For Japan it was their second loss in Cairo despite captain Kunihiro Shimizu topping the score boards with 21 points. The match was close from the start. Both sides committed many errors with their serve but Egypt gained a three-point gap before the two teams went point-to point. An ace from Hossam put his team back in the lead 16-13 in the second technical timeout. Ahmed Kotb attacked strongly and led his team to the set victory 25-22.

The second set was also close, with both teams committing a lot of service errors. Japan’s advantage in defence, and Egypt’s own errors, gifted the set the visitor’s way 25-23. But the fans rallied behind the hosts in the fourth and the players refocused with quick attacks by Abdel-Halim sending the match to a tie break.

Japan dominated the third set with Shimizu fronting the charge in a one-sided affair 25-21. Egypt’s concentration carried into the fourth and the fifth and with few errors they took the sets 25-19 and 15-9 and the match 3-2.

Egypt still have to play the third phase of the competition next week in Korea and still have hopes of qualifying in the finals as three teams qualify from each group.

Luckily enough, head coach Sherif Al-Shemerli is taking over the leadership of the national team after being absent for some time in Qatar. Al-Shemerli guided the national team to the African Nations Cup in 2011 in addition to the Arab Championship and ninth place in the 2011 World Cup.

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