August 06, 2003 - Tunisia booked their ticket to the 2003 World Cup in Japan next November after beating hosts Egypt in the final of the African Nations Championship 3-0 (25-19, 26-24, 27-25) on Wednesday in Cairo to continue its domination of the event having won eight of the 14 competitions.
Tunisia will be the African representatives in the World Cup.
In other results Cameroon came third after defeating Algeria 3-0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-23) and Morocco clinched a straight sets victory over RD Congo, 25-18, 25-11, 27-25 to claim fifth place leaving the sixth place for Congo. South Africa finished seventh after defeating Rwanda in the battle to avoid the wooden spoon on Tuesday.
Tunisia gained revenge for their opening 3-1 loss to Egypt in the preliminary phase 1 with a high spirited performance, proving to be more determined and attentive. Talented stars such as spiker Noureddine Hfaiedh, who received the best player of the competition award, and Ghazi Guidara the best setter.
Egypt, urged on by a favourable home crowd, led for the first few points of the match until 4-1 at which stage Tunisia took and maintained the lead through to the end of the set 25-19 due to the superb play of Noureddine and blocker Chaker Ghazal.
In the second set, the Egyptian coach used the line up which defeated Cameroon in the semifinal but after leading 8-7 at the first technical time-out, Tunisia again fought back to win the set 26-24.
It was the same story in the third set with Egypt taking an early 8-7 lead before Tunisia drew level at 17-17 before taking the set 27-25 and the Championship.
CAVB President Dr Amr Elwani and Talaat Guineedy the President of the sports sector in the Ministry of Youth gave the trophy to the Tunisian players and the individual prizes to the best players in the competition in presence of about 3,500 spectators.
· Best scorer: Noureddine Hfaiedh (Tunisia).
· Best attack: Hamdy El-Safy (Egypt).
· Best Block: Ndaki Mboulet (Cameroon).
· Best Serve: Nanga Guy (Cameroon).
· Best Dig: Wael Alaydy (Egypt).
· Best set: Ghazi Guidara (Tunisia).
· Best Reception: Dif Hassan (Algeria).