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Sunday,21 April, 2019
Issue 1367, (2 - 8 November 2017)

Ahram Weekly

A victory of sorts

Egypt lost the African volleyball final to Tunisia but still qualified to the 2018 Men’s World Championship, reports Abeer Anwar


Tunis blocks a spike from Egypt                                                                                photo: Mohamed Abdou
Tunis blocks a spike from Egypt photo: Mohamed Abdou

Tunisia captured the 2017 Men’s African Nations Championship after overpowering Egypt 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) in the final at Cairo Stadium’s Complex Hall 2.  

Tunisia tied the record of number of trophies by clinching their eighth title and their first since 2003. Egypt failed to continue their victory run after six consecutive titles.

Tunisia controlled the match throughout using the frequent reception mistakes by the Egyptian players to win the second and third sets in style.

The two finalists have 80 per cent of African titles under their belt as they won a total of 16 titles in the 20 editions completed till now. Egypt won the title eight times, in 1976, 1983, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Tunisia previously captured the trophy seven times, in 1967, 1979, 1987, 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2003.

The African powerhouses met 10 times in the final with Egypt winning six against four for Tunisia.

This means that the CAVB Confederation will be represented by the same three teams that qualified for the Poland 2014 World Championship: Cameroon, Egypt and Tunisia.

Despite the loss, Egypt became the second team to qualify for the 2018 FIVB World Championship after they beat Cameroon 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) in the semi-final in Cairo.

Egypt put much pressure throughout the match by their spike service and succeeded to stop the Cameroon attack through the solid blocks of Mohamed Adel and Abdel-Halim Ebo.

Tunisia clinched the classic final spot after they took on resurgent Algeria in a thrilling face off 3-2 (25-27, 25-14, 21-25, 25-23, 17-15).

Ghana finished ninth after they beat Kenya 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-20) in the ranking match. Ghana did not allow their opponent to come back to the match at any time after they made a great start to win the first and second sets.

Botswana fought for more than two hours to grab a tough win over Chad 3-2 (26-24, 20-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-13) for the 11th and 12th position.

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