Thursday,21 June, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)
Thursday,21 June, 2018
Issue 1389, (12 - 18 April 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Net surge

Ahly’s volleyball team won the 2018 Men’s African Club Championship, reports Abeer Anwar

Ahly’s volleyball team
Ahly’s volleyball team

Ahly cemented their volleyball supremacy after overcoming compatriots Al-Geish 3-0 (25-16, 25-23, 25-14) in the final of the Men’s African Club Championship at Ahly Club in Cairo.

The Red Devils added a new record by winning the trophy for the 13th time (1980, 1983, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017 and 2018).

After the final, Volleyball Confederation President Amr Alwani accompanied by Ahly Club Vice President Al-Amri Farouk presented the trophy to the winners and medals for the top three teams.

Smouha claimed the bronze to make it an all-Egyptian podium for the first time in the history of the competition after they beat Swehly of Libya in a thrilling encounter 3-2 (25-27, 25-21, 18-25, 29-27, 15-13). This is the second ever bronze medal for the Egyptian team while Swehly have now finished fourth in the last three editions.

GSU concluded in the best way after they downed Ahly Benghazi of Libya 3-2 (25-19, 25-18, 21-25, 24-26, 15-11) in the ranking for fifth and sixth places.

Aviation Club of Egypt ended their campaign in seventh position following a hard-fought victory over struggling Kenya 3-2 (25-22, 10-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-7).

Three Ahly players won places in the tournament’s Dream Team. Setter Abdallah Abdel-Salam, middle blocker Mohamed Adel and outside hitter Ahmed Said made it to the all-star team.

Veteran setter Abdel-Salam was chosen the competition’s “Most Valuable Player”. He was not only the maestro of the team but also one of the tournament’s best servers with his well-known spikes.

Said played a big role in scoring crucial points from position No 4 in addition to replacing the injured opposite spiker Ahmed Kotb in the final.

Adel gave a superb performance in blocking as well as in quick attacks from position No 3 that made the difference in the crucial matches.

Al-Geish’s famous opposite attacker Ahmed Salah was picked the best server, especially in the semi-final where he served six aces. His teammate Ahmed Drunka was selected the best libero.

Other players on the Dream Team were the setter Abdel-Rahman Daghdana of Swehly who finished fourth, while the best receiver was Adham Usama from Smouha.Ahly’s volleyball team won the 2018 Men’s African Club Championship.

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